Courts step up COVID-19 protocols

The Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday issued an administrative order directing circuits to modify and extend previously enacted temporary health and safety protocols and emergency operational measures for COVD-19. 

On Friday, July 30, Chief Judge Christopher N. Patterson issued an administrative order for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit outlining these protocols for all courthouses in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties. 

Safety protocols include social distancing, screening at courthouse entrances, limited in-person hearings, masks to be worn in all courtrooms and hearing rooms for in-person court proceedings, and continued use of remote technology for some court hearings. 

These protocols are effective Monday, August 2.


Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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