Interviews of Broward County’s Legal Pioneers for Black History Month


In preparation of  “Black History Month: A Celebration of the Black legal Community, Broward’s Legal Firsts,” presented by the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit and the Broward County Bar Association on February 16, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m in the jury assembly room, 3320, many of the celebrated pioneers stopped by Court Administration to be interviewed on camera for the occasion. This is an event that shouldn’t be missed. You can register to attend here.

Furniture Removal Begins – Old Courthouse Wing One Step Closer to Demo


Workers began removing furniture from courtrooms and offices this week, as the county gets closer to demolishing the old central and west wings of the downtown courthouse. All court operations and staff moved out last year, but the items that stayed behind are finally leaving too. It will take a little less than a month to clear out all 10 floors of the old building.

Judge Henning Receives ABOTA Judge of the Year Award


Judge Patti Englander Henning received the Judge of the Year award from the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Fort Lauderdale Chapter during their annual Judges Night Reception dinner on January 19, 2018. ​This distinguished honor recognizes all of the hard work Judge Henning has put into her 30 + years on the bench. ABOTA’s mission is to uphold the jury system by educating the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury.​


Judges Levenson and Tuter Receive ABOTA Honors


Chief Judge Jack Tuter and Judge Jeffrey Levenson were honored with Special Appreciation Awards from the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Fort Lauderdale Chapter during their annual Judges Night Reception dinner on January 19, 2018. Both judges received the special recognition for their extra time and attention spent fostering ABOTA’s mission, to preserve and protect the right to a trial by jury.

Court Administration is aware that there have been very long lines to enter the West Building of the Judicial Complex the past several days. Additionally, elevator problems have led to heavy congestion in the elevator lobbies. Please be assured that we are working with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, GS4 Security, and County Administration to alleviate these issues quickly. We ask for patience from the community and our staff as we seek viable solutions for these frustrating matters.

Chief Judge Tuter Gives State of the Circuit Speech


Friday, January 19, 2018, the judiciary, staff, friends and family gathered at the central courthouse for the 2018 Judicial Procession and State of the Circuit Address. Three of our newest judges, the Honorable Yael Gamm, the Honorable Fabienne Fahnestock, and the Honorable Thomas Coleman, were all recognized, and Chief Judge Jack Tuter delivered the State of the Circuit. The Broward Bar also presented “Friend of the Bar” awards to Judge Jeffrey Levenson, Judge Jennifer Hilal and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler.

Inaugural Domestic Violence Summit for Broward County


The inaugural Broward County Domestic Violence Summit took place Wednesday, January 17, 2018 with nearly 300 in attendance. The purpose of the event was to review county-wide services available to adult survivors of domestic violence and their children, and to identify gaps and unmet needs, while addressing dedicated future funding in order to develop a comprehensive plan to deal with issues surrounding domestic violence with solutions that are inclusive, sustainable and effective in breaking the cycle of family violence. One of the day’s breakout sessions included “Judicial Responses to Domestic Violence,” led by Lynn Allen and paneled by Judges G. Cohen, Kaplan, Davis, Tuter, Bristol and Trial Court Administrator Kathleen Pugh.

High Schoolers Get a Special Treat During Tour

Twenty one young ladies from Nova High School visited the central courthouse on Friday, as part of the Women of Tomorrow mentoring program. They had the chance to speak with Circuit Court Judge Andrea Ruth Gundersen and observe circuit criminal court, but what may have been the highlight of their visit was an in-depth tour of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab and Crime Scene Unit. The students and chaperones learned about DNA, ballistics, evidence collection, and more. Special thanks to Detective Currie for giving the students such a unique experience!


Mini Clinic Helps More with Suspended Licenses


The 17th Circuit and the Department of Motor Vehicles coordinated a three-day, appointment-only license reinstatement event last week, to assist residents who could not be served at the Suspended Driver Licence Clinic held earlier this month at the central courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Through the coordinated efforts between Court Administration, the Clerk of Courts, and DMV, the mobile “FLOW” van helped nearly 50 people over the three-day span.