Special Magistrate Hearings
Hearings are typically held the 2nd Monday of every month at 9:00 a.m. on Zoom. Dates, times, and location of hearings is subject to change. Hearings are open to the public.
Note: All agendas are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader to view.
|January 11||May 10 - cancelled||September 13|
|February 8||June 14 - cancelled||October 11|
|March 8||July 12||November 8|
|March 22||August 9||December 13|
|April 12 - cancelled||August 31|
To view previous hearing dates and agendas, visit the Hearing Archives page.
Request a Reduction of a Special Magistrate Lien
Conduct of Hearings
Upon request of the Code Inspector, or at such other times as may be necessary, a hearing before the Special Magistrate may be convened.
Where proper notice of the hearing has been provided to the alleged violator pursuant to section 2-628, a hearing may proceed even in the absence of the alleged violator.
At such hearing, the burden of proof shall be upon the Code Enforcement division to show by a preponderance of the evidence that a violation exists, or in the case of a repeat violation, existed on the date that the Code Inspector gave notice to the violator of a repeat violation pursuant to subsection 2-622(3).
All testimony shall be under oath and shall be recorded.
Upon determination of the Special Magistrate, irrelevant, immaterial, or unduly repetitious evidence may be excluded.
The Special Magistrate may inquire of or question any witness present at the hearing. The alleged violator (hereinafter also referred to as respondent), respondent's attorney, Code Enforcement Officers, or an attorney representing the division shall be permitted to inquire of or question any witness present at the hearing. The Special Magistrate may consider testimony presented by Code Enforcement Officers, the respondent, or any other witnesses.
At the conclusion of the hearing, the Special Magistrate shall render his or her decision (order) based on evidence entered into the record. A written order shall be transmitted by mail to the respondent within ten days after the hearing. A certified copy of such order may be recorded in the public records of Pinellas County and shall constitute notice to any subsequent purchasers, successors in interest, or assigns if the violation concerns real property, and the findings therein shall be binding upon the violator and, if the violation concerns real property, any subsequent purchasers, successors in interest, or assigns.
If Pinellas County prevails in prosecuting a case before the Special Magistrate, it shall be entitled to recover all costs incurred.
ADVICE TO THE PUBLIC: Any party wishing to appeal a decision on a matter considered by the Special Magistrate will need a verbatim record of the proceedings, including the testimony and evidence. As such, you may wish to retain a court reporter as Pinellas County does not provide this service.