Is Memorial Day, May 27, a Court Holiday? (2019 edition)

Memorial Day–May 27, 2019–is a day that we remember and honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  You probably already suspect that it is a court holiday, too

Navy Sailors and women in dress and large hats pose with flowers on a ship.

Memorial Day in 1918, just over a century ago.

But if you’re anything like us, you want–nigh, you NEED–to see it in writing from an authoritative source and you’ll probably be checking court websites at 11 p.m. on Sunday night to be sure.  Let us help.

The short answer is YES in Florida state courts.  Here’s the authority.

In Florida state courts, Memorial Day is one of the enumerated “Legal Holidays” in Florida Rule of Judicial Procedure 2.514(a)(6)(A) (.pdf) (defining “Legal Holiday”).

Additionally, every court lists Memorial Day on their own calendars:

Florida Appellate Courts

Florida Circuit Courts

Are you in federal court? You get the day off, too.

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4th and 5th DCAs Transition to Portal

After hours last night, the 4th and 5th DCAs both transitioned to e-portal filing. Both Courts sent out similar announcements:

This change will allow electronic service when filing, submission of multiple documents at a time, and electronic payment of filing fees. eDCA will remain as the Fourth [and Fifth] DCA’s method for electronic service of outgoing filings, and it will also continue to provide electronic case access.

We’ve previously shared the Second District Clerk’s take on the transition, and the expectation is that this rollout will be similar in each of the DCAs.

Fifth District Announces January 10 Portal Transition

The outside has not changed, but the method of filing has!

The Fifth District Court of Appeal announced today that it will transition from mandatory use of the eDCA system to the E-Filing Portal starting January 10, 2019.

The Second District made the transition on December 14, and we’ve already shared some of the lessons learned from that transition on behalf of that Court’s clerk and from our own experience.

Note that if you have a deadline of January 9, 2019, you should plan on filing early in the day to avoid technical issues. The Court explained in an email to eDCA users that the transition “The transition from eDCA filing is planned to occur after normal business hours on January 9, 2019. We apologize if there is a temporary interruption in service.”

As in the Second, don’t lament the loss of eDCA — it will still be there for the Court to provide electronic service of orders, and to provide lawyers with electronic access to the documents on the dockets in their cases.

The Fourth District has also announced the transition is coming soon for that Court, but has not provided a start date.