Nearly 300 Broward residents attended the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit’s first ever Suspended Driver License Clinic, held this week in the Central Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. Of those in attendance, one third of them were able to get their licenses reinstated.
Starting at 4:00 pm and lasting until almost 10:00 pm, the event included separate waiting areas for pre-registered attendees and walk-ins, judges on hand to settle court matters that came up, volunteer attorneys to review complicated matters, and parking validation. The Suspended Driver License Clinic would not have been a success without the collaborative efforts between all agencies involved including the Judiciary, Court Administration, the Clerk of Courts, State Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Department of Revenue, and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Some particular details of note:
- 276 people pre-registered; of that, 104 showed up
- 176 people were walk-ins
- 95 people made payments to the Clerk’s Office, 77 of which entered into payment plans for any balances owed
- 34 people were served by the Department of Revenue
- 100 people were reinstated or advised on how to reinstate their driving privileges via Department of Motor Vehicles
The Seventeenth Circuit is considering holding similar clinics in the future.