Suspended Driver License Clinic


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.
Miami Dolphins Player Mike Pouncey Visits Courthouse


Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey visited the central courthouse yesterday to talk to juveniles about his life’s ups and downs, as a way to inspire them to choose the right path. “Dolphin Day” began more than a decade ago with former Judge Howard Zeidwig planning visits by Dolphins players to the juvenile delinquency division every few months to give pep talks and real-world advice to the youth. The program stopped when Judge Zeidwig passed away, but Judge Stacy Ross revived the program within the past few years, with the help of Judge Zeidwig’s son, attorney Gary Zeidwig.

The visit by Mike Pouncey was an informal question and answer conversation in which the football star stressed the importance of hard work, staying out of trouble, learning from mistakes and staying focused on future goals. To the children who asked the “really good” questions – signed footballs, of course.

Judge Bowman Receives National Adoption Day Honors


Judge John Bowman was presented with a 2017 National Adoption Day proclamation from Governor Rick Scott, and accepted on behalf of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. Judge Bowman has been instrumental in organizing our circuit’s National Adoption Day event for years. This year, 60 children found forever homes at the day-long event held Saturday, November 18.