Accepting Applications for Special Court Monitors



The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit is now accepting applications for independent Special Court Monitors to be appointed by the court investigate non-indigent guardianship cases pursuant to Chapter 744, Florida Statutes.  The Special Court Monitor is responsible for conducting investigations regarding wards and their assets after entry of a court order.
To qualify, the applicant must be familiar with Chapter 744, Florida Statutes, and meet one of the following criteria:  (1) have prior law enforcement experience; (2) or be a licensed nurse or nurse practitioner or psychiatric nurse; (3) be a licensed social worker; (4) be an accountant; (5) be a member of The Florida Bar; or (6) be a registered professional guardian.  Applicants must be able to investigate matters and file a report and recommendations with the court within fifteen (15) days of appointment and complete all investigations within sixty (60) days of appointment.  The successful applicant who receives appointments will be paid from the guardianship assets, if any.  The application appears below.
Completed applications must be mailed or hand delivered to: Office of the Trial Court Administrator, Attn. General Counsel, Broward County Courthouse, 201 Southeast 6th Street, Room 20170, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301.  Upon receipt, your application will be reviewed and you may be contacted to schedule an interview.  These independent special court monitor positions are open until filled.  Successful applicants will be required to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit.



Community Court Starts in Fort Lauderdale

Yesterday, January 9, marked the successful launch of Community Court in Fort Lauderdale, a program that addresses the needs of at-large, homeless, petty crime and municipal ordinance offenders. Focusing on the root causes of each defendant’s issues, Community Court applies appropriate therapeutic and community service based punishments, in lieu of jail time and fines.

The City of Fort Lauderdale was one of five jurisdictions in the nation to receive a federal grant to implement the specialized court. The Seventeenth Circuit worked closely with the City of Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, the State Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Public Defender and the Broward Sheriff’s Office to develop the program. A multiplicity of public and private service providers signed on to provide services to participants in the Community Court as well.

Community Court Begins this Week

The first Community Court in the state begins this Wednesday, January 9, when the Seventeenth Circuit holds its first docket at City Hall in Fort Lauderdale, beginning at 10:00 am. Community Court is a program that addresses the needs of at-large, homeless, petty crime and municipal ordinance offenders. It will focus on the root causes of each defendant’s issues, applying appropriate therapeutic and community service based punishments. Participants must choose to take an active role in their rehabilitation, and have numerous community resources available to help them achieve success.

Eligible crimes to be considered in Community Court include trespassing, disorderly conduct, open container violations, panhandling, etc. Community Court dockets will be heard once a week, every Wednesday, at City Hall. Additional locations may be established in time.