Hurricane Irma Closes Courts in Florida

Hurricane-Irma

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Last Updated September 18, 2017)

Federal courthouses in Southern Florida are reopening after closures caused by Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday, September 10, 2017, according to the United States Courthouse website. Federal courthouses in Key West, Florida, and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands remain closed until further notice.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

  • Miami: James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building is reopening Monday, September 18.

Southern District of Florida

  • Courthouses in Miami, Broward, St. Lucie, and Palm Beach are reopening Monday, September 18.
  • Key West: Sidney M. Aronovitz U.S. Courthouse is closed until further notice.

Middle District of Florida

  • The Fort Myers courthouse is reopening Monday, September 18.

District Court of the Virgin Islands

  • St. Thomas: Courthouse closed until further notice.

Updates on also can be found on Twitter @uscourts.

According to the Florida Courts website most recently updated on September 14:

The latest comprehensive list of closures, cancellations, and advisories about Florida’s courts affected by Hurricane Irma is available at the Florida Supreme Court website and the Florida Courts site for court-related events.

Specific circuits, counties and courts have detailed information. See links to all trial courts websites and monitor social media accounts. Keep in mind some courts’ websites are experiencing problems related to Irma.

Please make sure you’re seeing the most recent update on our Facebook feed, and not just the most popular. We are updating regularly about courts closures and old versions are no longer correct.

Check the Florida Courts Facebook page to see all posts.

Please check these resources often as changing conditions and ongoing assessments mean frequent updates.

According to the Hurricane Irma page on Wikipedia.org, the storm caused catastrophic damage in Barbuda, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Anguilla and the Virgin Islands. As of September 18, the hurricane has caused at least 84 deaths, including 39 in the United States.

Hurricane Irma comes on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, another Category 4 hurricane that made landfall near Rockport, Texas, on August 25, 2017, and caused – along with deaths, flooding, and widespread damage – several court closures in Texas and Louisiana.

How To Help Victims of Hurricane Irma

Among the many charities accepting donations to help the victims of Hurricane Irma are the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. The Miami Foundation offers a list of Hurricane Irma Relief Organizations helping to lead local Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

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