Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Update on the Palmer Trinity Litigation – Oral Argument set for June 12, 2012. What this means and FAQs

The Third District Court of Appeal has set oral argument for June 12, 2012 in the case of The Village of Palmetto Bay, Florida, vs. Palmer Trinity Private School, Inc.  CLICK HERE to view the online court docket.  The Third district case number is 3D12-190.  The lower case number is 10-259.  This is a Civil Certiorari Petition from Dade County.  

Prior background on the Palmetto Bay v. Palmer Trinity School and be found at the February 28, 2012, South Dade Updates blogpost, Update on the Palmer Trinity Litigation - Scheduling Order rendered 2/27/2012.

The Frequently Asked Questions –  FAQs – regarding appeals.  All the information that the current Mayor and Vice Mayor refuse to discuss with you. (some information taken from 3rd and 5th DCA official websites, some information is of my own explanation) :

Q. What is oral argument?

A. Oral argument is when the attorneys in a case appear before a panel of three judges to discuss the issues in the case.

Q. How long does it take an appeal to be resolved?

A. There is no set time period for an appeal to be resolved. After the briefing is completed, the Court will set a case for oral argument or conference as the Court’s schedule will allow. Each case is considered individually and the length of time for the Court to render a decision will depend on the facts of the case.

Q. When does the court issue its opinions?

A. Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The opinions are posted on the website shortly after 10:30 a.m.

Q. Can the public attend oral argument?

A.  Yes.  Oral argument is a public proceeding.  The public may attend and view, but not participate. 

Q. Can I view the oral arguments online?

A.  Yes.  Live streaming from the courtroom begins approximately 5 minutes prior to each oral argument session.  Please take special note of a disclaimer on the website: PLEASE NOTE: There is a limit to the number of video connections this site can serve. Especially during high profile cases, it may be difficult to connect to the live video stream. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  CLICK HERE to view the information from this page for all relevant information. 

CLICK HERE to view the oral argument calendar.  The Palmetto Bay case is last item on page 2.

CLICK HERE to view the official Third District Court of Appeals – Frequently Asked Questions – the FAQs.

The address for the Third District Court of Appeal is:
2001 S.W. 117th Ave.
Miami, Florida 33175
(305) 229-3200


  1. AnonymousJune 06, 2012

    Thank you for keeping us up to date on the happenings in Palmetto Bay. Will the court make the decision at on June 12?

  2. AnonymousJune 08, 2012

    Finally some information as to what is going on. It has been months since anyone has heard anything.

  3. AnonymousJune 12, 2012

    We need the courts to finally say enough is enough. There have been many offers of settlements that the city has rejected. The school dropped the number of students many times from a permitted number of over 2,000 down to 1,400 and then 1,100. Palmer now sits on over 52 acres with a main road access. Compare that to Southwood Middle that has over 1,500 students (nearly 1,800 in past years). Southwood sits on only 10 acres and does not have an entrance on a main road.