Honorable Judge Laurie E. Buchanan

Assignment

Okeechobee: All Civil Cases; All Probate and Guardianship; Assist with Felony Cases; Juvenile Dependency including Shelter Hearings; Assist with St. Lucie County Residential Foreclosure Cases.

Judge Elect McNicholas will be taking over the Domestic Relations Cases assignment in Martin County starting on January 3, 2017. Please visit Judge McNicholas page for more information.

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

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


Residential Foreclosure Procedures

Okeechobee Final Judgement of Foreclosure

Foreclosure Assistance / Documents

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 BUCHANAN'S JUDICIAL ASSISTANT: WykowskiA@circuit19.org) AND THE HEARING CANCELED ON THE ONLINE SCHEDULING CALENDAR.  IF A LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION IS BEING MADE, YOU MUST CONTACT JUDGE BUCHANAN’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 HEARINGS 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. 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 BUCHANAN @ 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 Buchanan's office.**

 

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