It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the Honorable John T. Luzzo. He served the Seventeenth Circuit bench for more than 30 years and retired from the bench in 2017. A celebration of life will be held in December, and more information will be posted as it becomes available.
On Friday, November 19, 2021, county officials, elected officers, and many others gathered (both in-person and via YouTube) for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Jack B. Tuter, Jr. Complex Trial Courtroom. Built on the 17th floor in what was formerly shell space, the new courtroom can seat well over 200 people, and will be used for complex civil trials and special court events and ceremonies.
Commissioner Mark Bogen was the emcee for the event, and Commissioner Tim Ryan, Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian, and Mayor Steve Geller all gave remarks before formally introducing the honoree and the cutting of the ribbon.
On November 8, 2021, the Broward County Bar Association, along with 9 Bar Associations in Florida, hosted “The Florida Patriot: Honoring Legal Leader Veterans’ Service To Country & Community” Zoom event. Legal leaders from nine circuits across the state were recognized for their service to our country and to their community. Judge Edward H. Merrigan, who created our Veterans Court and is a Brigadier General in the Army Reserves, received the award for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit.
To Judge Merrigan, and all our Veterans, thank you for your service!