Judge Profile

Paul A. Damico

Judicial Experience:

  • Criminal Judge, 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida (November 19, 2001) to Present

Biographical Data:

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals Florida - Criminal Law Certified since 1992


  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Minors - Psychology and Political Science, Florida State University
  • J.D., Florida State University College of Law

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Assistant State Attorney, 1986 - 1996
  • Assistant Public Defender, 1996 - 2001
  • United States Court of Appeals - 11th Circuit
  • United States Southern District - General and Trial Bar
  • United States Middle District - Trial Bar
  • United States Northern District - Trial Bar

Part Rule:

  • Criminal

    1. Do your require suppression hearings in advance of trial or may they be heard at beginning of trial? Prior to trial. Attorneys must send a cover letter with the motion attached stating how much time they need for the hearing and when the calendar call is set. 2. Do you accept a plea at docket call or require specially set hearings? Please will be taken at docket call. 3. Which motions can be heard at 8:45 a.m. hearings? Bond Hearings? 5 minutes or less Sworn Motion to Dismiss? 5 minutes or less Evidentiary Hearings? 5 minutes or less Other? 4. What is your policy on work release and house arrest?Each case is evaluated on its? own merits. 5. Do you require judgment and sentence forms to be filled out by the attorney in advance of please conference? yes 6. Special requests or docket call. Will you give more than one-hour notice for trial on special request? yes Under what circumstances? Each case evaluated. 7.If a case is settled, what procedure should be followed to advise your office? A plea should be scheduled with the Judicial Assistant. 8. Do you require Defendant to be personally present at calendar call or may the attorney appear alone? Defendants must be present unless an Agreed Order has been entered by the Judge. 9. (Circuit Court) What is the policy for allowing felonies to be pled to misdemeanor? N/A

  • Miscellaneous Comments

    What suggestions/advice do you have for litigants, counsel and or witnesses? Litigants - Proper courtroom attire and demeanor. Counsel - Timeliness, paperwork should be prepared before hearing. Witnesses - N/A/ What Practices and habits of attorneys irritate you the most? Any display of disrespect toward ANYONE in our court! Other Comments? I am always open to feedback from attorneys, litigants, jurors, or any other interested persons.

  • Motion Practice

    1. Do you allow hearings by conference call? yes If so, what is the procedure? Schedule with all parties in court and arrange with Judicial Assistant. 2. Do you have a standard order for scheduling and conducting specially set hearings? no 3. Do you allow specially set hearings to be canceled by agreement of counsel? no Is an order required? yes Are there time restrictions? no 4. What is the maximum amount of time you allow for a specially set hearing without requiring the hearing to be placed on a non-jury docket? No limit for specially set hearings. 5. What is the procedure for allowing matters to be set? Set in court or schedule with Judicial Assistant. 6. Do you prefer to receive memoranda in support/opposition to motions in advance of a hearing or at the hearing? yes How far in advance? 2 weeks With a courtesy copy of the Notice/Order Setting Hearing? yes 7. Do you have any preference regarding the presentation of proposed orders for specially set hearings? no 8. What is the procedure for scheduling emergency motions? no 9. What is the procedure for scheduling hearings on motions for temporary injunctions? N/A 10.What is the procedure for scheduling hearings on motions for rehearing or new trials? Schedule with Judicial Assistant.

  • Trial-Related Matters

    1. Continuance of trials When should motions for continuance be heard? Prior to calendar call. Which of the following factors are important to determining whether to continue a trial? a. Parties Stipulate? yes b. Counsel's conflict with other trials yes c. Unavailability of a party? yes d. Unavailability of key expert witness? yes e. Unavailability of key fact witness? yes f. Incomplete discovery? yes g. Discovery violation by party opposing continuance? yes h. Vacations of counsel? yes i. Others? 2. When a case on the calendar is not reached: What is the procedure to get back on calendar? The case is called and reset in court. Is the case automatically carried over? no If so, is it to the next calendar or the next available calendar? Next available calendar call. Are pretrial deadlines automatically extended? N/A Does the case need to be renoticed? N/A 3. How much notice do you give to counsel to begin trial after docket has commenced? One hour unless other arrangements have been made. 4. Do you specially set cases for trial and if so, under what circumstances? Determined on a case by case. If the defendant lives in another state. 5. Do you generally try the oldest case first? yes 6.Do you use the uniform "Order Setting Trial" and pretrial instructions? N/A 7. What witnesses must be disclosed pursuant to you Pretrial Orders? Impeachment? N/A Rebuttal? N/A 8. Do you have any special rules and procedures for marking evidence prior to trial? N/A 9. Do you utilize a written trial conflict form for docket call? N/A 10. Under what circumstances do you transfer cases over to the Trial Division? N/A


  • Marie Murphy, Judicial Assistant