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Hurricane Matthew causing court closures

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The possible arrival of Hurricane Matthew along the state’s east coast is causing a variety of court closures.

As of 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, courts in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties announced shutdowns for Thursday and Friday.

That makes a total of 12 counties where courts are closed or will close this week because of the storm, according to Supreme Court spokesman Craig Waters.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami is closed Thursday and Friday, and the 4th District Court of Appeal is closing 1 p.m. Wednesday through the rest of the week.

The Florida Supreme Court is “open for normal business hours at the present time” and oral arguments previously set for this week “will continue as scheduled,” the court’s website says.

The court has, however, received “several motions to postpone arguments in specific cases,” and one case has already been reset to Feb. 8, dockets show.

For up-to-the-minute information on closures, go to the Supreme Court’s “emergency” page here.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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