2018 National Adoption Day Event

Fifty-five children were adopted into loving families in Broward County on Saturday, November 17, 2018, as the Seventeenth Circuit held its 16th annual adoption day event in the downtown Fort Lauderdale courthouse.
Several agencies and staff collaborated to make this program a success, once again. Thirteen judges were on-hand to finalize the adoptions throughout the day. Those participating were: Judge Bowman, Chief Judge Tuter, Judge Bristol, Judge Weinstein, Judge Gillespie, Judge Izquierdo, Judge Gundersen, Judge Schulman, Judge Gamm, Judge Frink, Judge Porth, Judge Levenson, and Judge Feld.
Congratulations to everyone who participated and to the many families that adopted a child!
Judge Schiff Presents Webinar to Judges Nationwide


Broward County Court Judge Louis H. Schiff presented an afternoon webinar for the National Judicial College from his office at the North Regional Courthouse on November 15.  More than 300 judges from Alaska to Florida attended his presentation which focused on professionalism in court.

Judge Schiff is in his 22nd year as a county court judge, and he has been a volunteer faculty member for the National Judicial College for the past 12 years.  In addition to being on the faculty for the NJC, he serves as a judicial educator for the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies; Florida New Judges College; and Florida DUI/Traffic Adjudication program.

He is a past education chairman for the Conference of County Court Judges of Florida, as well as a Past-President of the Conference of County Court Judges of Florida.
Judge Barner Featured on Local Mural


Judge Florence Barner recently had her portrait added to a neighborhood mural honoring Broward’s black legal pioneers.  The mural, located on Sistrunk Boulevard across from Henry’s sandwich shop, features many of the pioneers that were honored earlier this year at the “Celebration of the Black Legal Community, Broward’s Legal Firsts” event hosted at the central courthouse.

Probate Bench, Clerk and Bar Roundtable

The Broward County Bar Association hosted a Probate Bench, Clerk and Bar Roundtable event on Thursday, November 8 in the jury room at the Central Courthouse. Panelists including Judge Peter M. Weinstein, Judge Charles M. Greene, Judge Mily Powell, Magistrate Yves Laventure and representatives from the Staff Attorneys and Clerk’s office, discussed ways to work together to improve the efficiency of probate and estate administration in the Seventeenth Circuit.



Community Court Coming to Broward in 2019


Chief Judge Tuter was recently featured in an article published in U.S. News and World Reports discussing community courts.  A community court developed by the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, the City of Fort Lauderdale, and various local service providers is scheduled to begin in the City of Fort Lauderdale in January 2019.

To read the U.S. News and World Reports article, click here.

Eleventh Unified Family Court Summit a Success


More than 250 people attended last week’s Eleventh Annual Unified Family Court Summit, spending the day learning about the impact, latest interventions and local resources available pertaining to the opioid crisis. Speakers from around the country spoke to attendees about this mounting drug crisis, providing the latest innovations and research data in dealing with addictions in general and specifically in working with those afflicted by the opioid crisis. Participants of the summit  included  judges, case managers, attorneys, mediators, mental health professionals, child protective investigators, probation officers, guardian ad litems, school counselors, suicide prevention coordinators and child advocates.