South Broward Bar Association Hosts Annual Law Day Speech Competition

 

Last week, the South Broward Bar Association hosted the annual Law Day speech competition which was held at Nativity Catholic School. Judging the competitors were Judge Sharon Zeller, Judge Marina Garcia Wood, Judge Carols Rodriguez, Michael Rajtar, Victor Debianchi, and Ben Protano with Ken Hassett as Master of Ceremonies. The teams were so good, it was a tie for first place!

Stranahan High School Leaders Visit Bond Court

 

Students representing Stranahan High School’s Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders visited First Appearance Court one morning last week. During Judge Powell’s morning docket session, the children observed court and had the chance to sit and talk with the judge. Fort Lauderdale Police Department Officer Johnny McCray arranged the trip and brought some of his fellow officers to visit Judge Powell as well.
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

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New West Tower Named After Walter G. “Skip” Campbell, Jr.

Last week, April 10, 2019, the new West Building of the Central Courthouse in the Seventeenth Circuit was officially named the Walter G. “Skip” Campbell, Jr. West Building. The prominent attorney and pillar in the community passed away in 2018. To honor his legacy, the Broward County Commission named the new tower after him.Family, friends and colleagues gathered for the naming ceremony which included speech tributes, a ribbon-cutting, and the name unveiling.

More Than 100 St. Coleman Students Visit Central Courthouse

Last week, 100 middle school students from St.Coleman Catholic School spent the morning at the central courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. After Judge Tarlika Navarro greeted the group in the lobby, the students went on to watch trials and hearings from 9:30-11 and then engaged in a crime scene presentation and a DUI presentation. This visit has become an annual event, coordinated by Judge Michele Towbin-Singer.

Special thanks to Lewis Defeo and Sergeant John Baker of Pembroke Pines Police and Jose Rada, Executive Director of Broward-Dade Safety Council for the DUI presentation, and BSO Crime Lab technicians for the mock crime scene presentation.

Judge Ross Honored as 2019 Jurist of the Year Award by Florida Association of Women Lawyers

The Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) has chosen Judge Stacy Ross for its 2019 Jurist of the Year Award. The award recognizes a judge whose career embodies the highest standards of judicial conduct for integrity and independence, knowledgeable and faithful to the law, dignified and courteous to all who appear before her, and who endeavors to improve the administration of justice and the public’s understanding and respect for the role of law in our society.

Judge Ross will receive her award at the Florida Bar’s annual convention this summer.

Congratulations Judge Ross, on this well-deserved recognition!

Broward County Bar Association Hosts Seminar at West Regional Courthouse

Last week, the Broward County Bar Association spotlighted our West regional courthouse in Plantation, hosting “Practicing in County Court, Things You Should Know & Meet the New Judges” for its members.

Seminar speakers included The Honorable Ellen Feld, The Honorable Olga Levine, The Honorable Natasha DePrimo and The Honorable Phoebee Francois, who all preside at the West satellite.