With Hurricane Irma threatening to hammer Florida during the coming days, state courts will be closed Friday.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga issued an order Wednesday directing the closure.
“(The) hazards associated with Hurricane Irma may impede the ability of attorneys, litigants, witnesses, jurors, judges, court staff and others in the performance of their duties and obligations with respect to many legal processes throughout the state of Florida,” the order said.
The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court's operations in West Palm Beach will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
These decisions came a day after Gov. Rick Scott ordered the closure of state offices Friday in all 67 counties.
Numerous other government agencies and schools also were planning to close or postpone meetings and events.
In Tallahassee, the Florida Commission on Ethics canceled a meeting scheduled for Friday.
Also, the Rules and Administration Committee of the Constitution Revision Commission scrapped a Friday meeting that had been planned at the Capitol.