Florida’s 20th Judicial Circuit issued the following memo Friday on how it will enforce State Department of Health isolation orders.
Violators of the Department of Health isolation orders could be held in custody without bond until seen by a judge.
NBC2 reports anyone arrested for violating isolation or quarantine orders issued by the Florida Department of Health will be held without bond, according to the Supreme Court of Florida.
People arrested will be held without bond pending the first appearance.
Chief Judge Michael T. McHugh signed the directive Friday stating people who are arrested shall not be given a “Notice to Appear” nor will be released pursuant to any local bond schedule.
The 20th Judicial Circuit said the person arrested will appear before the first appearance judge.
At first appearance, the judge may accept testimony from the State Health Officer or Department of Health and make a determination whether setting a bond or bail is appropriate.
This directive will remain in effect until further notice.
Anyone who violates any requirements made by the Department of Health pursuant to a declared public health emergency is committing a second-degree misdemeanor.