Judge Michael C. Heisey
St. Lucie: 50% of Domestic Relations Cases, including Injunctions for Protection (A-K of the alphabet).
ST. LUCIE COUNTY FAMILY DIVISION A-K
MICHAEL C. HEISEY, Circuit Judge
Updated June 21, 2021
Carefully review the Court’s Procedures under the
Procedures Tab on this webpage
ALL EVIDENTIARY PROCEEDINGS ARE IN PERSON
Zoom testimony will not be permitted without express prior approval of the Court. If you are requesting to appear via Zoom at an Evidentiary Hearing, you must file a motion and set it for hearing on the Court’s Uniform Motion calendar, submitting a hearing packet as set forth in the Court’s Procedures.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HEARINGS ARE IN PERSON
DO NOT use the Court’s Online Calendar to schedule
Domestic Violence Hearings
MAY BE ATTENDED ZOOM VIDEO OR IN PERSON
See Zoom Information for Judge Heisey
ALL UNCONTESTED PETITIONS FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
REQUIRE A FINAL HEARING
SCHEDULING: Judge Heisey is utilizing the online scheduling calendar for hearings up to one hour, “piggy-backing” is not allowed. Please refer to the Court’s posted procedures for this and the procedures for obtaining hearing dates and times for matters that require more than one hour for hearing.
HEARING PACKETS: The hearing packet must contain a copy of the filed motion(s) and notice of hearing along with a proposed order, at least five (5) business days in advance of the hearing. Ideally, the entire packet should be submitted to the court in one email. Documents attached to an email must be named (file name) according to the court’s procedures. The file name of documents must contain a short style, short case number and short name of document. Example: Doe v Doe 20DR41 O Vacate. Exhibits to a Final Judgment must be included in the hearing packet. They must be properly marked as referenced in the final judgment. The document file name must indicate that it is an exhibit. Document file name example: Doe v Doe 21DR32 Exhibit A MSA (Marital Settlement Agreement) (or simply Exhibit A). If you reschedule a hearing, be sure to resubmit the motion, amended or re-notice of hearing and the proposed order for the new hearing date.
EXHIBITS: Hard copies of any evidence that is to be presented during the hearing shall be brought to the courtroom to be pre-marked by the clerk before the scheduled hearing time. All evidence must be pre-marked. DO NOT submit your evidence to the judge’s office prior to the hearing. The Court WILL NOT review or consider any evidence before it is admitted during the hearing. Zoom testimony will not be permitted without express prior approval of the Court.
STIPULATIONS: DO NOT submit orders to this office that contain the parties’/attorneys’ signatures. If a stipulation, file the signed stipulation/stipulated motion and submit a copy along with a separate proposed order on same, in WORD format following the court’s procedures for submitting orders.
POST JUDGMENT MATTERS: All Post Judgment matters must be referred to the Magistrate. You must provide a proposed Order of Referral to Magistrate setting forth the relevant pleadings, via email along with a copy of the Motion and/or Modification. Once the Order of Referral is signed by the Judge, you may object in a timely manner. Should there be an Objection entered, the case then would be heard before the Judge. Should no Objection be filed the case would then remain with the Magistrate and any hearing dates and/or questions would be handled by the Magistrate’s Assistant.
SUPREME COURT MANDATED NUMBERING SYSTEM: Your documents must utilize the Supreme Court Mandate numbering system, which includes the county code of 56. Example: 562020DR000041.