Judge Michael J. McNicholas
All Domestic Relations Cases, including Injunctions for Protection.
The court encourages the use of email for delivery of notices of hearing, motions, pleadings, memoranda, three-ring-binder materials, letters, stipulations, and proposed orders to be signed in chambers. Paper copies of proposed orders and stamped envelopes are still necessary for orders to be signed in the courtroom.
Attorneys may schedule UMC hearings (10 minutes or less) as well as 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, Pre-Judgment, and Post-Judgment 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 Vivia Ware after sending a copy to email@example.com. Attorneys should consult the Judge’s on-line calendar and confer with opposing counsel on mutually convenient dates before calling the J.A.
Counsel are required to contact the opposing party to attempt to resolve prior to setting the hearing on the Court’s online calendar.
All hearings must be at a mutually agreed upon time. In the event counsel are unable to mutually agree upon a time, the party attempting to set the hearing may contact the judge’s office to enlist the court’s assistance in finding a mutually convenient time.
All post-judgment matters will be referred to the Magistrate.
Please email all Notices of Hearing and Cancellations to the Judicial Assistant and modify the online calendar to reflect any notices or cancellations.
Proposed Final Judgments must be submitted to the Court in WORD format within 24 hours before hearing, unless this requirement is waived by the Court prior to the hearing.
Use of Email
This court accepts service of motions, cover letters, and proposed orders by email per Rule 2.516. This is a substitute for service by mail. Documents are to be attached to the email. This court will not engage in communication with counsel and parties by email beyond transmittal of attachments.