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West Satellite Courthouse Begins Accepting Petitions for Domestic Violence Injunctions

BROWARD COUNTY ADDS NEW LOCATION TO APPLY FOR RESTRAINING ORDERS

Fort Lauderdale, FL – In its continuing endeavor to expand public accessibility to the courts, the 17th Judicial Circuit began this month to accept petitions for restraining orders at its West satellite courthouse in Plantation. Before now, the Central Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale was the only place Broward County residents could go to file. Plans to implement the process at the satellite courthouses in Deerfield Beach and Hollywood are in the works; however additional funding is necessary to make it happen.  

Chief Judge Peter M. Weinstein explains, “Restraining orders or, injunctions against violence, cover dating violence, domestic violence, repeat violence, stalking, and sexual violence. The process of applying for an injunction will be slightly different in the West Satellite, as the Clerk’s office will assist with, and accept the petition, but will electronically file it to the Central Courthouse. Once a judge has received the court file, petitioners will receive a response within one (1) hour.” The Clerk of Courts’ operating hours for restraining orders in the West Satellite are 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; the Central Courthouse hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In cooperation with Clerk of Courts Howard Forman, the Broward County Chiefs of Police Association, and City of Sunrise Mayor Michael Ryan, Administrative Order 2016-5-UFC was drafted, ordering the change, and signed by Judge Weinstein.

 

Last Updated (Tuesday, 29 March 2016 13:29)

 

Yves Laventure Sworn in as New General Magistrate

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Yves P. Laventure was sworn in today, March 14, 2016 by Chief Judge Peter M. Weinstein, as the 17th Judicial Circuit's newest General Magistrate. 

Mr. Laventure grew up in South Florida and earned his undergraduate degree at Florida International University. He attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan and graduated with his Juris Doctor in 2003. Since August of that year, he has been employed at the Broward State Attorney’s Office, most recently as a prosecutor in the homicide division. 

In his role as a General Magistrate, Mr. Laventure will serve in the Probate and Guardianship division for the 17th Circuit. General Magistrates are judicial officers who assist circuit judges by holding hearings and providing recommendations in cases. Within the Probate and Guardianship division, General Magistrates also assist guardian application and background checks, and plenary and limited guardianships.

Last Updated (Monday, 14 March 2016 15:44)

 

2016 Robing Ceremony Honors Four New Judges

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On Friday, February 19, the 17th Judicial Circuit Court held its annual robing ceremony, honoring Broward County’s newly appointed judges to the bench. Four new judges participated in the symbolic event in which each is administered their “judicial oath” in front of gathered family and friends. Pictured, from left to right are: Circuit Judge Ernest A. Kollra, Jr.; County Judge Stephen J. Zaccor; County Judge Nina W. Di Pietro; Circuit Judge Alberto Ribas, Jr.

Last Updated (Monday, 07 March 2016 11:18)

 

Judge Lerner-Wren Appointed to National Suicide Prevention Committee

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, who presides over Broward County’s misdemeanor mental health court, has been appointed to serve on the Executive Committee of The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. As the sole judicial representative on a national committee comprised of industry CEOs, members of congress, federal agencies, and more, Judge Lerner-Wren will help lead and advance suicide prevention awareness, and promote evidence-based strategies to improve mental health and wellness throughout our nation’s court systems.

The Action Alliance, established in 2010, is a public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Part of the organization’s approach is to influence systems changes and target certain vulnerable populations who are at higher risk.

"I believe this is a great opportunity to engage our nation's problem solving court judges to advance suicide prevention and education as an urgent matter of public health and therapeutic justice," said Judge Lerner-Wren. 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 17 February 2016 10:28)

 

17th Circuit Welcomes Two New Judges

Governor Rick Scott has appointed attorneys Ernest A. Kollra, Jr. and Alberto Ribas, Jr. to fill two judicial vacancies in the circuit court of the 17th Judicial Circuit. Both new judges will be sworn in at the 2016 Judicial Robing Ceremony, Friday, February 19 at 1:00pm in the Central Courthouse Jury Room. Their official start dates have yet to be determined. 

Congratulations and welcome to the bench, Judge Kollra and Judge Ribas! 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 17 February 2016 10:32)

 

Judge Tuter Honored with Award

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The 17th Judicial Circuit wishes to congratulate Judge Jack Tuter who was named the civil trial judge of the year by the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Fort Lauderdale Chapter. This prestegious honor was given at ABOTA's annual Judge's Night Dinner in January. 

​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.​

We are very proud of Judge Tuter for receiving this special recognition!

 

Old Law Books Giveaway

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As part of a recycling campaign in anticipation of the move into the new courthouse, the 17th Judicial Circuit Court is clearing out shelves of old law books, and making them available to the public for free. Located in the 1st floor lobby area of the Central Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the books may be picked up during regular courthouse business hours. The variety of different types of books can make for interesting reading for some, though the community is reminded that the books are obsolete, and may not accurately state current law, nor should they be used as such.

Last Updated (Monday, 01 February 2016 11:46)

 

Early Childhood Court Begins in Broward

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Designed to help the youngest of us all, the 17th Judicial Circuit court has established Early Childhood Court, a voluntary specialty court with an intensive program aimed at reunifying children in the dependency court system, aged newborn to five years old, with their families.

Presided over by Judge Hope Bristol and General Magistrate Randi Boven, Early Childhood Court seeks to heal, support and enhance child-parent relationships by utilizing child-parent psychotherapy, specialized parenting classes, increased visitation, and frequent court hearings about every 4 – 6 weeks. Monthly “family team meetings” consisting of a facilitator, the participant, and family and friends of the participant are also part of the program.

Families who meet the criteria to participate can expect to dedicate a year in the program.

Full details of the 17th Circuit’s newest specialized court can be found in Administrative Order 2016-4-UFC.

 

 

Access to Injunctions Against Violence Expands

Fort Lauderdale, FL – In response to community requests, the 17th Judicial Circuit will begin allowing members of the public to seek injunctions against violence in Broward County’s West Satellite courthouse, in Plantation, in the spring of 2016. In cooperation with Clerk of Courts Howard Forman, Administrative Order 2016-5-UFC was drafted, ordering the change, and signed by Chief Judge Peter M. Weinstein.

Until now, injunctions against violence could only be sought at the Central Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The expanded access will make it easier for Broward County residents living in the western part of the county to seek an injunction by not having to travel to downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Domestic violence injunctions cover dating violence, domestic violence, repeat violence, stalking, and sexual violence. The process of applying for an injunction will be slightly different in the West Satellite, as the Clerk’s office will assist and accept the petition, but will electronically file it to the Central Courthouse. Once a judge has received the court file, petitioners will receive a response within one (1) hour. 

 
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