Judge Profile

Edward H. Fine

Judicial Experience:

  • Chief Judge, Circuit, 2001 to 2005
  • Judge, 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida, 2005
  • Member, Florida Supreme Court Committees

Other Professional Experience:

  • President, Craig S. Barnard American Inns of Court, 1998 to 1999
  • Secretary of the Conference, County Court Judges of Florida
  • Chair, Palm Beach County Elections Canvassing Board

Biographical Data:

  • Performance and Accountability Privacy and Court Records Steering Committee on Families and Children


  • J.D., University of Florida College of Law, 1971
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1968

Part Rule:

  • Discovery

    1. Do you require counsel to certify that a good faith effort has been made to resolve discovery disputes before motions are brought before you? yes 2. Do you consider motions to compel responses to written discovery where no response or objections whatsoever has been received or filed without the necessity of a hearing? yes 3. Do you have any standard limitations or procedures reguarding discovery matters not addressed by the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure? no

  • Miscellaneous Comments

    What suggestions/advice do you have for litigants, counsel and or witnesses? Counsel - I appreciate candor and I appreciate any efforts to use the Court's time effectively, especially by counsel conferring with each other and attempting to only bring up matters that they are unable to resolve themselves. What practices and habits of attorneys irritate you the most? Omissions which are used to try to mislead the Court.

  • Motion Practice

    1. Do you allow hearings by conference call? yes 2. Do you have a standard order for scheduling and conducting specially set hearings? yes 3. Do you allow specially set hearings to be canceled by agreement of counsel? yes Is an order required? no 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? Thirty minutes 6. Do you prefer to receive memoranda in support/opposition to motions in advance of a hearing or at the hearing? How far in advance? The Thursday prior to the hearing. 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? Preferably at the beginning of the hearing. 8. What is the procedure for scheduling emergency motions?Only set once the Court determines it is a true emergency. 9. What is the procedure for scheduling hearings on motions for temporary injunctions? Rule 1.610 hearings are set after review by the Court of the adequacyof the pleadings. 10.What is the procedure for scheduling hearings on motions for rehearing or new trials? See Local Rule 6.

  • Trial-Related Matters

    1. Continuance of trials When should motions for continuance be heard? At uniform motion calendar. Which of the following factors are important to determining whether to continue a trial? They are all important 2. When a case on the calendar is not reached: What is the procedure to get back on calendar? Is the case automatically carried over? yes If so, is it to the next calendar or the next available calendar? The next calendar Are pretrial deadlines automatically extended? yes Does the case need to be renoticed? no 3. How much notice do you give to counsel to begin trial after docket has commenced? Generally, overnight notice. 4. Do you specially set cases for trial and if so, under what circumstances? At calendar call cases are specially set if the desired date is open 5. Do you generally try the oldest case first? No I try the case that is ready for trial on its first trial setting before trying a case that is due because it was not ready to be tried when it orginally came up for trial. 6.Do you use the uniform? Order Setting Trial? and pretrial instructions? yes 7. What witnesses must be disclosed pursuant to you Pretrial Orders? Impeachment? yes Rebuttal? Generally, yes 8. Do you have any special rules and procedures for marking evidence prior to trial? As set out in standard pretrial order. 9. Do you utilize a written trial conflict form for docket call? No 10. Under what circumstances do you transfer cases over to the Trial Division? When I cannot get to the trial as soon as the trial division.Any case is subject to transfer for trial depending on the availability of the Trial Division judges. Typically these are cases of less than 5 days trial time.


  • Beth Feely, Judicial Assistant