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20th Judicial Circuit To Crack Down on Violators of DOH-Ordered Quarantine


Florida’s 20th Judicial Circuit issued a memo Friday on how it will enforce State Department of Health isolation orders.

Chief Judge Michael McHugh sent the local administrative order which says any person who has been ordered to isolate or quarantine by DOH officials and violates that order will be held in custody without bond until that person is seen by a judge.

Judge McHugh’s directive says no “Notice(s) to Appear” will be given to violators of State Health Department orders and will be held in custody until first seeing a judge, who will then decide to set bail or bond.

The court’s administrative order applies to all counties in the 20th Judicial Circuit:  Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades Counties.

The directive will be in effect until further notice, or until superseded by the Florida Supreme Court.

Andrea Perdomo is a reporter for WGCU News. She started her career in public radio as an intern for the Miami-based NPR station, WLRN. Andrea graduated from Florida International University, where she was a contributing writer for the student-run newspaper, The Panther Press, and was also a member of the university's Society of Professional Journalists chapter.