Honorable Timothy J. Koenig

Freeman Justice Center

302 Fleming Street

Key West, FL  33040

Phone #:       305-292-3433

Facsimile #:  305-295-3611



Monica Waterbury De Meo

E-mail Address: Monica.DeMeo@keyscourts.net

Virtual Court Procedure





Motion Setting:  All motion hearings are set through the Court’s Judicial Assistant by email at  External link opens in new tab or windowmonica.demeo@KeysCourts.net. The setting of a hearing requires the availability of all counsel. The scheduling order entered by the court requires counsel to confer and agree on a date and time for hearing.


A copy of the notice of hearing must be emailed to the Court’s Judicial Assistant to confirm a setting on the Court’s docket.  Copies of all documents to be considered at the hearing must be provided to the Court prior to the scheduled hearing.


Transmission of Proposed Orders:  Attorneys should submit proposed orders for the Court’s review and signature through the State of Florida E-Filing Portal.  Please be advised that the E-Filing Portal requires a separate cover letter in PDF format, with each proposed order.  Any exhibits referenced in the body of the proposed order must be attached, otherwise, the order will be rejected.  For more information regarding submission of proposed orders, follow this link:  External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://keyscourts.net/16th-judicial-circuit-proposed-orders-protocol.html.




Please refer to Administrative Order 2.072 for the court’s procedures in obtaining relief in this division.




Motion Setting:  Motions may set through the court’s judicial assistant via email to  monica.demeo@keyscourts.net.


Pre-Trial Conference (Docket Sounding):  Docket Sounding is separate and apart from any other hearings, i.e., pleas, sentencings, admissions, evidentiaries, etc.  The only thing that will happen at docket sounding will be the announcement of the case being ready for trial, or, a motion for continuance.  No hearings, pleas or sentencings will occur at Docket Sounding, as there are separate schedules for those.


Stipulations for Continuance of Pretrial Conference (Docket Sounding):  Stipulations for Continuance shall be delivered to the judge’s office no later than 4 business days prior to the pretrial conference.


VOP Docket Sounding:  VOP Docket Sounding is also separate and apart from any other hearings, and is only held to determine whether the defendant will be entering an admission, requesting an evidentiary hearing, or requesting a continuance.  Admissions and/or sentencings will not occur at VOP Docket Sounding except in circumstances where there is a compelling need and the court has been advised in advance and has been provided with the necessary paperwork to do a complete and thorough analysis of the case.  This should be the exception and not the norm.



Please confirm in which division your probate is pending.  All probate cases ending with the letter “K” are Key West cases and are assigned to Judge Koenig as of January 1, 2017.

Our Probate Case Manager position is currently vacant.  Until this position is refilled, all probate hearings are to be set through the Court’s Judicial Assistant by email at External link opens in new tab or windowmonica.demeo@keyscourts.net.  The setting of a hearing requires the availability of all counsel.


Until we have a new Probate Case Manager on staff, send courtesy copies of any motions/petitions or proposed orders to the Court's Judicial Assistant at monica.demeo@keyscourts.net.  Any proposed orders on any e-filed motions that have been set for hearing should also be sent to the Court's Judicial Assistant at monica.demeo@keyscourts.net until the vacant Probate Case Manager position is refilled. You may also reach Monica Demeo at 305-292-3433.



No final hearings for dissolution of marriage shall be set on the court’s open motion docket, but rather, shall be specially set by the Judicial Assistant upon request.


Any party may make a request to the court for a case management conference, prior to setting it.  Parties are not permitted to set a case management conference without prior court approval.




Communications with the judge’s judicial assistant, either via telephone or by email, should be limited to scheduling matters and submission of agreed orders or orders on matters previously pronounced in court.


Letters to the court via the court’s judicial assistant or otherwise should likewise be limited to scheduling matters and/or for purposes of transmitting proposed orders.  All communications to the court must be copied to all parties and counsel.  Parties and counsel should refrain from communications with the court regarding substantive matters in pending cases and regarding disagreements with opposing parties and/or counsel.