Seeking Qualified Medical Doctors and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine to Serve on the Guardianship Examining Committee

GUARDIANSHIP EXAMINING COMMITTEE

The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit is seeking qualified medical doctors (MD) and doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO) willing to serve on the guardianship examining committee.  Members of the examining committee perform examinations of individuals who are the subject of petitions to determine incapacity in guardianship proceedings.  Individuals must be approved by the Chief Judge as members of the examining committee, and are independent contractors of the Circuit who are required to execute a contractual agreement for the provision of such services. 

 To qualify, the applicant must be familiar with Chapter 744, Florida Statutes and more particularly section 744.331, Florida Statutes, and be a psychiatrist or other physician (with specialization in geriatrics, gerontology, hospice, or palliative care).

 Members of the examining committee must be able to perform examinations and file a report with the clerk of the court within fifteen (15) days of the order of appointment.  Individuals who receive appointments will be paid either from the assets of the guardianship (once established) or, if the ward is indigent, by the State of Florida pursuant to a contractual agreement. Individuals who are selected will be required to meet all education and training requirements, as required by Florida Statutes.  Pursuant to section 744.331(3)(d), Florida Statutes and Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Administrative Order 2019-16-PRC, these education requirements may be satisfied online. 

 If you are interested in being considered for placement on the Circuit’s examining committee, please complete and submit the attached information to:

Office of the Trial Court Administrator

Attn. General Counsel

Broward County Courthouse

201 S.E. 6th Street, Ste. WW20170

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
 

Upon receipt, your information will be reviewed and you may be scheduled for an interview with the review committee.

GUARDIANSHIP EXAMINING COMMITTEE APPLICATION

17th Judicial Circuit Virtual Jury Trial Initiative

17th Judicial Circuit Virtual Jury Trial Initiative 

On May 11th, The 17th Judicial Circuit hosted a Circuit Civil Mock Jury Zoom Trial in partnership with ABOTA’s Fort Lauderdale Chapter. Due to current COVID-19 Crisis and the rising demand to keep the courts running remotely, The 17th Circuit has been experimenting with running Jury Trials Remotely, via ZOOM. This is The 17th’s third Mock Jury Zoom Trial in its: Virtual Jury Trial Initiative.

Below are the YouTube links to all 3 Mock Jury Zoom Trials:

Circuit Civil Mock Jury Zoom Trial, Partnered with ABOTA – 05/11/2020

County Criminal Mock Jury Zoom Trial – 05/06/2020

1st Circuit Civil Mock Jury Zoom Trial – 04/14/2020

Accepting Submissions for Forensic Mental Health Evaluators

Forensic Mental Health Evaluators

The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit is now accepting submissions from qualified psychiatrists, psychologists, and physicians interested in serving as a neutral expert for the court by evaluating criminal defendants for competency or competency-related mental health issues, and providing in-court testimony, when required.  Successful applicants are considered independent contractors and will be required to execute a contract with the Circuit.

To qualify for consideration, the applicant must (1) be a licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, or physician; (2) have completed forensic evaluator training, as required by section 916.115, Florida Statutes; (3) demonstrate general knowledge of court proceedings and competency-related topics, including relevant provisions of Florida Statutes and the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure; and (4) have experience performing competency or competency-related mental health evaluations (preferably in a jail, prison or forensic hospital setting).

Successful applicants will be compensated by the Court for each evaluation completed and for time spent providing in-court testimony.  The Circuit’s administrative order governing the selection, appointment, and payment of court appointed mental health experts may be viewed here.  Applicants should be aware that evaluations may be videotaped and/or attended by the attorneys in the case or a court reporter.

Each submission should include a cover letter indicating the applicant’s experience and interest, a current resume or curriculum vitae, and proof of any licensure or certification(s).

An applicant must submit one original submission along with three copies.  Submissions should be mailed or hand delivered to the following address:

Office of the Trial Court Administrator
Attn. General Counsel
Broward County Courthouse
201 Southeast 6th Street, Room WW20170 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Upon receipt, your application will be reviewed and you may be contacted to schedule an interview.  Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Self Scheduling of Criminal Hearings expanded to all Circuit Criminal Divisions

Please be advised, effective April 15, 2019, The Seventeenth Circuit will expand the Pilot Program to allow Self Scheduling of Criminal Hearings for all Circuit Criminal Divisions in the Court Management System.

Judges Participating: Allowed Motions:
SUSAN L. ALSPECTOR (FV)
DENNIS D. BAILEY (FX)
TIM BAILEY (FH)
BERNARD I. BOBER (FW)
DANIEL A. CASEY (FO)
THOMAS J. COLEMAN (FB)
BARBARA R. DUFFY (FD)
MARTIN S. FEIN (FY)
MARINA GARCIA-WOOD (FC)
ERNEST A. KOLLRA JR. (FF)
MICHAEL LYNCH (FA)
BARBARA MCCARTHY (FI)
EDWARD H. MERRIGAN (FE)
JOHN J. MURPHY III (FT)
ARI ABRAHAM PORTH (FR/FZ)
ELIZABETH SCHERER (FJ)
ANDREW L. SIEGEL (FK)
MICHELE TOWBIN SINGER (FN)
MICHAEL A. USAN (FP)
MARIYA WEEKES (FG)
MOTION TO TRAVEL
MOTION TO RETURN PROPERTY
MOTION TO WITHDRAW
MOTION TO COMPEL DISCOVERY
MOTION TO COMPEL BETTER ADDRESS
MOTION TO ATTEND DEPOSITION
MOTION TO DECLARE INDIGENT FOR COSTS
MOTION TO AUTHORIZE JAC COSTS
MOTION FOR EARLY TERMINATION OF PROBATION
MOTION FOR CONTINUANCE
MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF EXPERT – PSYCHOLOGIST
MOTION TO VACATE CAPIAS
AGREED – STIPULATED RESTITUTION HEARING
MOTION FOR IN-COURT SURRENDER
MOTION TO VACATE ESTREATURE
MOTION FOR SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL
MOTION FOR PRETRIAL RELEASE/SET/REDUCE BOND – no witnesses-no Arthur Hearing
MOTION TO MODIFY CONDITIONS OF PRETRIAL RELEASE
HEARING /DETERMINATION OF COUNSEL
CHANGE OF PLEA
MOTION FOR OTSC
MOTION TO MODIFY CONDITIONS OF PROBATION
MOTION LEAVE TO ISSUE SUB DUCES TECUM
MOTION TO REVOKE BOND
STATE’S MOTION TO ROLL FINGERPRINTS
STATE’S MOTION FOR ORAL SWABS/DNA SAMPLE
MOTIONS FOR ROR (Release on own Recognizance)
REPRIMAND HEARING

Click the Training Video below to learn more.

New NCSC video explains that state courts are where the action is

Only 26 percent of Americans can name all three branches of government, a 2016 survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found. Only 23 percent of eighth-graders ranked at or above the proficient level on a recent national civics exam.

When civics education is taught effectively, it can help students become informed and engaged citizens. But only nine states and the District of Columbia require one year of U.S. government or civics, while 30 states require a half year and the other 11 states have no civics requirement.

“Courts play a vital role in protecting people’s rights,” NCSC President Mary McQueen said.

The brief video explains why the Founding Fathers elevated the judiciary to its status as the government’s third and equal branch. It then points out that most people think of federal courts, particularly the U.S. Supreme Court, when they think of courts, but that a whopping 96 percent of all cases are handled in state courts. The video goes on to explain that state courts are made up of local trial courts, where juries or judges decide cases, as well as appellate and supreme courts.

 

The who, what, when, where and how of state courts from State Courts on Vimeo.

New Agreed Orders Training Guide

 

Please be advised, effective June 4, 2018, the Court Management System will be upgrading the Agreed Order Feature.

New functionality for agreed orders will include the following:

  • Creating and Editing Agreed Orders Online
  • Saving and Modifying Draft Orders
  • Attaching Supporting Documents
  • Filing Exhibits along with Approved Agreed Orders

 

Click the Training Video below to learn more about the new Feature.