10 County Court Civil and Criminal

COUNTY COURT CIVIL

The County Civil division has jurisdiction over most landlord-tenant disputes, as well as civil matters in which the value of property, debt or other issue of controversy does not exceed $15,000. These cases typically include personal injury protection and other insurance disputes; condominium and homeowner association disputes; repossession and replevin actions; and small claims cases. The County Civil Division has judges assigned at courthouses throughout Broward County, including the West Tower in downtown Fort Lauderdale, as well as regional locations in Deerfield Beach, Hollywood, and Plantation.

Video of Judge Jennifer Hilal Discussing County Civil Eviction Cases

Small claims cases involve cases over property or unpaid bills with a value of $5,000 or less (excluding court costs, interest and/or attorney’s fees, if applicable). Small claims lawsuits may be filed by individuals or businesses. Special rules of procedure (Small Claims Rules) are designed to make the court process simpler, speedier and more informal than the regular civil court process. For info on small claims court Click Here.

Video ofJudge Jane Fishman Discusses Small Claims County Court Cases

COUNTY COURT CRIMINAL DIVISION

The County Court Criminal Division handles criminal misdemeanor cases, criminal traffic matters, municipal and county ordinance violations and civil traffic infractions. Criminal misdemeanor cases include violations of the law such as Petit Theft, Simple Battery and Trespassing. Criminal Traffic matters include violations such as Driving While License Suspended, Driving under the Influence and no Valid Driver’s License cases.

Misdemeanor and Criminal Traffic matters are heard by county court judges. First degree misdemeanors are punishable by imprisonment of up to a year in the county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.00. Second degree misdemeanors are punishable by imprisonment of up to 60 days in the county jail and a fine of up to $500.00. Driving under the Influence has its own penalty provisions, which are mandated by law.

Civil Traffic infractions, which are non-criminal related violations, are generally heard by Civil Traffic Hearing Officers and consist of moving and non-moving violations. Moving violations, such as speeding and running a red light, may result in an assessment of points on your license. Other non-moving violations, such as expired registration or no seat belt, do not result in points assessed against your license.

Video of Judge Christopher Pole Discussing the County Court Criminal Division

The County Court Criminal Judiciary and their staff are located at the Broward County Central Courthouse, 201 SE. 6th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 33301 and at the three satellite courthouses located in Hollywood, Plantation and Deerfield Beach.

Judges currently serving in the County Court are:

County Court Criminal Division

MELINDA BROWN

Judicial Assistant: Mirta Perez
Phone Number: (954) 831-7675
Chamber: WW5131
Courtroom: WW5165
Division: MA

DEBORAH CARPENTER-TOYE

Judicial Assistant: Anna Marie Potter
Phone Number: (954) 831-7039
Chamber: WW6127
Courtroom: WW6175
Division: MM

ROBERT F. DIAZ

Judicial Assistant: Denise Hughes
Phone Number: (954) 831-7783
Chamber: WW6135
Courtroom: WW6165
Division: MJ

KAL EVANS

Judicial Assistant: Angelique Barnaby
Phone Number: (954) 831-1673
Chamber: WW5125
Courtroom: WW5170
Division: MW

ELLEN FELD

Judicial Assistant: Paula Galluccio
Phone Number: (954) 831-3304
Chamber: W210
Courtroom: W240
Division: WE/83

JANE D. FISHMAN

Judicial Assistant: Linda Joyce
Phone Number: (954) 831-2314
Chamber: W210
Courtroom: W260
Division: WA/81

JOHN D. FRY

Judicial Assistant: Stephanie Nesbitt
Phone Number: (954) 831-1236
Chamber: N142
Courtroom: N4
Division: NC/70

KENNETH A. GOTTLIEB

Judicial Assistant: Jennifer Barbosa
Phone Number: (954) 831-7567
Chamber: WW6131
Courtroom: WW6160
Division: MQ

JENNIFER WIGAND HILAL

Judicial Assistant: Bibi Khan
Phone Number: (954) 831-3381
Chamber: W270
Division: WC/82

JOHN HURLEY

Judicial Assistant: Marjorie McClain
Phone Number: (954) 831-1272
Chamber: N140
Courtroom: N1
Division: NB/72

GINGER LERNER-WREN

Judicial Assistant: JoAnne Cappiello
Phone Number: (954) 831-7240
Chamber: WW6133
Courtroom: WW6155
Division: MT/MI

OLGA LEVINE

Judicial Assistant: JoAnn Gallo
Phone Number: (954) 831-7571
Chamber: W270
Courtroom: W220
Division: WB/80

JILL. K. LEVY

Judicial Assistant: Isabel Garcia
Phone Number: (954) 831-7302
Chamber: WW6125
Courtroom: WW6170
Division: MP

TERRI-ANN MILLER

Judicial Assistant: Lynnette Merritt-Lott
Phone Number: (954) 831-0473
Chamber: S216
Courtroom: S220
Division: SB/62

KIM THERESA MOLLICA

Judicial Assistant: Michele Morgillo
Phone Number: (954) 831-7835
Chamber: WW5133
Courtroom: WW4155
Division: MN

CHRISTOPHER W. POLE (County Criminal Chairperson)

Judicial Assistant: Wendy Miller-Yost
Phone Number: (954) 831-5597
Chamber: WW5129
Courtroom: WW5150
Division: MH

LOUIS H. SCHIFF

Judicial Assistant: Alicia Ray
Phone Number: (954) 831-7839
Chamber: N144
Courtroom: N3
Division: NA/71

MINDY F. SOLOMON

Judicial Assistant: Laura Gonzalez
Phone Number: (954) 831-7691
Chamber: WW5135
Courtroom: WW5160
Division: MD

County Court Civil Division

FLORENCE TAYLOR BARNER

Judicial Assistant: Yvette Tomkins
Phone Number: (954) 831-7568
Chamber: WW13133
Courtroom: WW13156
Division: 54

BETSY BENSON

Judicial Assistant: Farida Major
Phone Number: (954) 831-7776
Chamber: WW13131
Courtroom: WW13154
Division: 56

MICHAEL DAVIS

Judicial Assistant: Karen Sisson
Phone Number: (954) 831-0306
Chamber: S214
Courtroom: S210
Division: SA/60
SP

STEVEN P. DELUCA

Judicial Assistant: Tandakwa Walker
Phone Number: (954) 831-0322
Chamber: N138
Courtroom: N2
Division: 73

NINA W. DI PIETRO

Judicial Assistant: Grace Silvis
Phone Number: (954) 831-5708
Chamber: WW13135
Courtroom: WW13158
Division: 49

ELLEN FELD

Judicial Assistant: Paula Galluccio
Phone Number: (954) 831-3304
Chamber: W210
Courtroom: W240
Division: WE/83

JANE D. FISHMAN

Judicial Assistant: Linda Joyce
Phone Number: (954) 831-2314
Chamber: W210
Courtroom: W260
Division: WA/81

PHOEBEE FRANCOIS,

Judicial Assistant: Patricia Cantrell
Phone Number: (954) 831-6585
Chamber: S226
Courtroom: S230
Division: 61/SC

JOHN D. FRY

Judicial Assistant: Stephanie Nesbitt
Phone Number: (954) 831-1236
Chamber: N142
Courtroom: N4
Division: NC/70

JENNIFER WIGAND HILAL

Judicial Assistant: Bibi Khan
Phone Number: (954) 831-3381
Chamber: W270
Division: WC/82

JOHN HURLEY

Judicial Assistant: Marjorie McClain
Phone Number: (954) 831-1272
Chamber: N140
Courtroom: N1
Division: NB/72

DANIEL J. KANNER (County Civil Chairperson)

Judicial Assistant: Gigi Rosende
Phone Number: (954) 831-6916
Chamber: WW13129
Courtroom: WW13152
Division: 55

ROBERT W. LEE (Admin. Judge County Court)

Judicial Assistant: Linda O'Neill
Phone Number: (954) 831-5509
Chamber: WW14135
Courtroom: WW14165
Division: 53

MARDI LEVEY COHEN

Judicial Assistant: Claudia Lopez
Phone Number: (954) 831-5842
Chamber: WW13138
Courtroom: WW13164
Division: 50

OLGA LEVINE

Judicial Assistant: JoAnn Gallo
Phone Number: (954) 831-7571
Chamber: W270
Courtroom: W220
Division: WB/80

KATHLEEN MCCARTHY

Judicial Assistant: Christina Rodriguez
Phone Number: (954) 831-5601
Chamber: WW10137
Courtroom: WW11172
Division: 51

GIUSEPPINA MIRANDA

Judicial Assistant: Carol Hermiston
Phone Number: (954) 831-7230
Chamber: WW13137
Courtroom: WW13162
Division: 52

LOUIS H. SCHIFF

Judicial Assistant: Alicia Ray
Phone Number: (954) 831-7839
Chamber: N144
Courtroom: N3
Division: NA/71

SHARON ZELLER

Judicial Assistant: Angela Stitt
Phone Number: (954) 831-7898
Chamber: WW6129
Courtroom: WW6150
Division: ZD/JE
County Court Satellite Division

North Satellite Division

SP

STEVEN P. DELUCA

Judicial Assistant: Tandakwa Walker
Phone Number: (954) 831-0322
Chamber: N138
Courtroom: N2
Division: 73

JOHN D. FRY

Judicial Assistant: Stephanie Nesbitt
Phone Number: (954) 831-1236
Chamber: N142
Courtroom: N4
Division: NC/70

JOHN HURLEY

Judicial Assistant: Marjorie McClain
Phone Number: (954) 831-1272
Chamber: N140
Courtroom: N1
Division: NB/72

LOUIS H. SCHIFF

Judicial Assistant: Alicia Ray
Phone Number: (954) 831-7839
Chamber: N144
Courtroom: N3
Division: NA/71

West Satellite Division

ELLEN FELD

Judicial Assistant: Paula Galluccio
Phone Number: (954) 831-3304
Chamber: W210
Courtroom: W240
Division: WE/83

JANE D. FISHMAN

Judicial Assistant: Linda Joyce
Phone Number: (954) 831-2314
Chamber: W210
Courtroom: W260
Division: WA/81

JENNIFER WIGAND HILAL

Judicial Assistant: Bibi Khan
Phone Number: (954) 831-3381
Chamber: W270
Division: WC/82

OLGA LEVINE

Judicial Assistant: JoAnn Gallo
Phone Number: (954) 831-7571
Chamber: W270
Courtroom: W220
Division: WB/80

South Satellite Division

MICHAEL DAVIS

Judicial Assistant: Karen Sisson
Phone Number: (954) 831-0306
Chamber: S214
Courtroom: S210
Division: SA/60

PHOEBEE FRANCOIS,

Judicial Assistant: Patricia Cantrell
Phone Number: (954) 831-6585
Chamber: S226
Courtroom: S230
Division: 61/SC

TERRI-ANN MILLER

Judicial Assistant: Lynnette Merritt-Lott
Phone Number: (954) 831-0473
Chamber: S216
Courtroom: S220
Division: SB/62