Honorable Judge Gary L. Sweet

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Assignment

Okeechobee: All Civil Cases; All Probate and Guardianship; Assist with Felony Cases; Capital Murder Case of State v. Matthew Morris 09-585CF; Juvenile Dependency including Shelter Hearings; Assist with St. Lucie County Residential Foreclosure cases.

St. Lucie: Assist with Residential Mortgage Foreclosure cases.

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Fax Number

To be used only upon approval by Judicial Assistant and to fax notices of settlement/dismissal for removal from trial dockets.

Foreclosure information

In the 19th Judicial Circuit, commercial mortgage foreclosure cases and residential lien foreclosure cases, except residential mortgage foreclosures, are assigned to the circuit civil division in the respective counties. Residential mortgage foreclosure cases are assigned according to the Administrative Order establishing judicial assignments for those particular cases. This circuit utilizes case managers to assist with managing residential mortgage foreclosure cases. Additional dockets have been set in St. Lucie County to provide more hearing time to increase the court's ability to effectively manage the large number of residential mortgage foreclosure filings. The procedures for setting residential mortgage foreclosure cases on dockets to be heard in the 19th Judicial Circuit Court should be strictly followed. Failure to comply with the procedures may result in your case not being heard. Please see the judge's individual procedures for cases set before: Judge Cox in Indian River County, Judge McCann in Martin County, and Judge Sweet in Okeechobee County.

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Scheduling

Attorneys may schedule Special Set Motions (1 hour or under) using the online scheduling program. Parties will be restricted to the time they allotted for the hearing. The calendar will indicate when the UMC and Special Set Motion hearings are to be scheduled. The website is https://slccjis.stlucieco.gov/attorney_calendar. Users must register to obtain a user id and password on the site. Copies of motions and notice of hearings must be sent to the Judicial Assistant. The Court reserves the discretion to reject any scheduling. Attorneys who repeatedly abuse the online scheduling may be denied further privileges of self-scheduling. Non-evidentiary motions may be denied without hearing, e.g., motions to dismiss.

Longer hearings must be set with the Judicial Assistant after sending a copy to the Judicial Assistant. Attorneys should consult the Judge’s on-line calendar (link below) and confer with opposing counsel on mutually convenient dates before calling the J.A.

IF YOU SCHEDULE A CASE FOR A SPECIAL SET HEARING AND THAT HEARING IS CANCELED, A NOTICE OF CANCELLATION MUST BE FILED (AND A COPY EMAILED TO JUDGE SWEET’S JUDICIAL ASSISTANT: BUTLERS@CIRCUIT19.ORG) AND THE HEARING CANCELED ON THE ONLINE SCHEDULING CALENDAR.  IF A LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION IS BEING MADE, YOU MUST CONTACT JUDGE SWEET’S JUDICIAL ASSISTANT IMMEDIATELY.

UMC Notice

MONDAY AND FRIDAY – NO UMC

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY – ALL UMC MOTIONS (INCLUDING FORECLOSURE SUMMARY JUDGMENTS) @ 9:00 AM.   ALL UMC HEARING MUST BE SCHEDULED USING THE ONLINE SCHEDULING PROGRAM, AS THE AMOUNT OF MOTIONS WILL BE LIMITED.

ALL TELEPHONIC UMC MOTIONS MUST BE SET UP WITH COURTCALL FIVE DAYS PRIOR TO THE HEARING. THERE WILL BE NO ADD ONS AFTER THE CUT OFF DATE.  TO APPEAR TELEPHONICALLY YOU MUST CALL COURTCALL: 888-882-6878-EXT. 870.

SEND ALL HEARING PAPERWORK/PACKETS (FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CASES ONLY) INCLUDING FORECLOSURES TO JUDGE SWEET @ 312 NW 3RD ST., OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34974 AT LEAST 5 BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED HEARING.

IF YOU SCHEDULE A CASE FOR HEARING AND THAT HEARING IS CANCELED, A NOTICE OF CANCELLATION MUST BE FILED AND THE HEARING CANCELED ON THE ONLINE SCHEDULING CALENDAR.

The Judicial Assistant does not track UMC hearings. As a result, we ask that you please NOT call the Judge’s office to check if your case has been set on or removed from a UMC docket.  Do not fax cancellations of Foreclosure/UMC hearings to our office.

** Please click below to read PROCEDURES before contacting Judge Sweet's office.**

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Documents:

Uniform Final Judgment of Foreclosure - (doc) (pdf)

Administrative OrderS:

94-10 — 2007-06 — 2010-08 — 2009-15 — 2011-01 — 2011-06

Biography: