Summons-Notice To Appear For Pretrial Conference-Mediation Form. This is a Florida form and can be use in Bay Local County.
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IN BAY COUNTY COURT IN AND FOR BAY COUNTY, FLORIDA SMALL CLAIMS DIVISION 300 East 4th Street, Room 105 – Post Office Box 2269 Panama City, Florida 32402 _________________________________ Plaintiff(s) _________________________________ Address Case No. ________________ Division _________________ _________________________________ City, State and Zip Code -vs_________________________________ Defendant(s) _________________________________ Address _________________________________ City, State and Zip Code SUMMONS NOTICE TO APPEAR FOR PRETRIAL CONFERENCE / MEDIATION STATE OF FLORIDA NOTICE TO PLAINTIFF(S) AND DEFENDANT(S) YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that you are required to appear in person or by attorney a the Bay County Courthouse, in a Courtroom, located at 300 East 4th Street, Panama City, Florida, on _______________________________ at __________m., for a PRETRIAL CONFERENCE. IMPORTANT – READ CAREFULLY THE CASE WILL NOT BE TRIED AT THE PRETRIAL CONFERENCE, BUT MAY BE MEDIATED AT THAT TIME DO NOT BRING WITNESSES. YOU MUST APPEAR IN PERSON OR BY ATTORNEY. Page 1 of 3 Form B American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com WHOEVER APPEARS FOR A PARTY MUST HAVE FULL AUTHORITY TO SETTLE FOR ALL AMOUNTS FROM ZERO TO THE AMOUNT OF THE CLAIM WITHOUT FURTHER CONSULTATION. FAILURE TO COMPLY MAY RESULT IN THE IMPOSITION OF SANCTIONS INCLUDING COSTS, ATTORNEY FEES, ENTRY OF JUDGMENT OR DISMISSAL. The defendant(s) must appear in court on the date specified in order to avoid a default judgment. The plaintiff(s) must appear to avoid having the case dismissed for lack of prosecution. A written MOTION or ANSWER to the court by the plaintiff(s) or the defendant(s) shall not excuse the personal appearance of a party or its attorney in the PRETRIAL CONFERENCE/MEDIATION. The date and time of the pretrial conference CANNOT be rescheduled without good cause and prior court approval. A corporation may be represented at any state of the trial court proceedings by an officer of the corporation or any employee authorized in writing by an officer of the corporation. Written authorization must be brought to the Pretrial Conference/Mediation. The purpose of the pretrial conference is to record your appearance, to determine if you admit all or part of the claim, to enable the court to determine the nature of the case, and to set the case for trial if the case cannot be resolved at the pretrial conference. You or your attorney should be prepared to confer with the court and to explain briefly the nature of your dispute, state what efforts have been made to settle the dispute, exhibit any documents necessary to prove the case, state the names and addresses of your witnesses, stipulate to the facts that will require no proof and will expedite the trial, and estimate how long it will take to try the case. Mediation Mediation may take place during the time scheduled for the pretrial conference. Mediation is a process whereby an impartial and neutral third person called a mediator acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties, without prescribing what the resolution should be. It is an informal and nonadversarial process with the objective of helping the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. In mediation, decision making rests with the parties. Negotiations in county court mediation are primarily conducted by the parties. Counsel for each party may participate. However, presence of counsel is not required. If a full agreement is not reached at mediation, the remaining issues of the case will be set for trial. Mediation communications are confidential and privileged except where disclosures are required or permitted by law. __________________________________________________________________________________ If you admit the claim, but desire additional time to pay, you must come and state the circumstances. The court may or may not approve a payment plan and may withhold judgment or execution or levy. Page 2 of 3 Form B American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com RIGHT TO VENUE. The law gives the person or company who has sued you the right to file in any one of several places as listed below. However, if you have been sued in any place other than one of these places, you, as the defendant(s), have the right to request that the case be moved to proper location or venue. A proper location or venue may one of the following: (1) where the contract was entered into; (2) if the suit is on an unsecured promissory note, where the note is signed or where the maker resides; (3) if the suit is to recover property or to foreclose a lien, where the property is located; (4) where the event giving rise to the suit occurred; (5) where any one or more of the defendants sued reside; (6) any location agreed to in a contract; (7) in an action for money due, if there is no agreement as to where suit may be filed, where payment is to be made. If you, as the defendant(s), believe the plaintiff(s) has/have not sued in one of these correct places, you must appear on your court date and orally request a transfer, or you must file a WRITTEN request for transfer in affidavit form (sworn to under oath) with the court 7 days prior to your first court date and send a copy to the plaintiff(s) or plaintiff(s) attorney, if any. A copy of the statement of claim shall be served with this summons. DATED at Panama City, Florida, on ________________________ . BILL KINSAUL Clerk of Court, Bay County, Florida By: ______________________________ As Deputy Clerk of the County Court IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY WHO NEEDS ANY ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING, YOU ARE ENTITLED, AT NO COST TO YOU, TO THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE. PLEASE CONTACT JAN SHADBURN, COURT ADMINISTRATOR, 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, PO BOX 1089, 301 MCKENZIE AVE, PANAMA CITY FL 32402, 850-747-5370 AT LEAST 7 DAYS BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED COURT APPEARANCE, OR IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIVING THIS NOTIFICATION IF THE TIME BEFORE THE SCHEDULED APPEARANCE IS LESS THAN 7 DAYS; IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED, CALL 711. American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com Page 3 of 3 Form B