National Conference AAPL Visits Broward's Misdemeanor Mental Health Court

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On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, members of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) visited the central courthouse after choosing Broward's Misdemeanor Mental Health Court for an educational site visit. The organization of international and national forensic psychiatrists was in town for its national conference.

The visitors enjoyed a master class in the history of the development of Broward County's pioneering Misdemeanor Mental Health Court and also participated in a working lunch forum which included Judge Lerner-Wren, Chief Judge Peter Weinstein and members of Broward's Mental Health Criminal Justice stakeholder community.

Last Updated (Monday, 26 October 2015 14:31)


Passing of Retired Judge Robert L. Andrews


The 17th Circuit Court family was saddened to learn of the passing of retired Judge Robert Lance Andrews on Friday, October 9, 2015. Services were held Monday, October 19, 2015 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at Landmark Funeral Home, 4200 Hollywood Blvd.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:21)


Chief Judge Swears in New BCBA President Robin Moselle


Broward County Bar Association’s new 2015-2016 president, Robin Moselle, was sworn in by 17th Circuit Chief Judge Peter M. Weinstein during the Broward County Bar Association’s installation event, June 18, 2015.

Congratulations Ms. Moselle! 

Last Updated (Monday, 06 July 2015 09:53)


Chief Judge Honored with Stephen R. Booher Award


The 17th Judicial Circuit’s Chief Judge, Peter M. Weinstein, was this year’s recipient of the Stephen R. Booher Award, presented by outgoing president John Jordan on June 18, 2015 at the Broward County Bar Association’s installation. The honor recognizes jurists who display humanity, integrity, and dedication to the Bench, Bar, and Community. 

Congratulations Judge Weinstein!

Last Updated (Tuesday, 07 July 2015 15:25)


Funding for the foreclosure backlog initiative has ended as of June 30, 2015.

Due to the elimination of funding, the 17th Circuit Court Administration’s Foreclosure Unit has reduced staff to a minimum. 

As of July 1, 2015, the Pro Se Help Desk will no longerbe operational.  All inquiries must be taken to the Clerk’s Office second floor windows.

Please refer to the Foreclosure procedures as posted on our website.

Thank you for your patience as the 17th Circuit adapts to these operational changes.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 30 June 2015 14:37)


State Courts Administrator Visits the Circuit


State Courts Administrator, PK Jameson, visited the 17th Judicial Circuit on Thursday, June 25 to meet with staff and get caught up on what’s happening in the second-largest circuit court in the state. 

Last Updated (Thursday, 25 June 2015 15:29)


Appellate Panel Created for County Criminal Cases



Fort Lauderdale, FL – Two years after creating a three-judge panel process for county civil appeals, the 17th Judicial Circuit has adopted a similar appeals process for county criminal cases in Broward. Beginning July 1, 2015, all pending county criminal appeals and civil traffic infraction appeals will be transferred to the newly established circuit criminal division AC, as outlined in Administrative Order 2015-18-Gen. "Three judge panels provide a more efficient and timely disposition to pending appeals; assure more streamlined and consistent decisions; and bring the 17th Judicial Circuit in line with every other circuit in this state,” says Chief Judge Peter M. Weinstein.


Judges presiding on the criminal appellate panel will be chosen by Circuit Criminal Administrative Judge Martin Bidwill, on a six-month rotation schedule. The initial judges to preside are the Honorable Lisa Porter, the Honorable Jeffrey Levenson, and the Honorable Raag Singhal.




Last Updated (Thursday, 14 January 2016 11:22)


County Court Judge Nina W. Di Pietro Sworn In


Nina W. Di Pietro was sworn in as the 17th Circuit’s newest county court judge today, by Chief Judge Peter M. Weinstein. Judge Di Pietro, 33, of Fort Lauderdale, was appointed to the Broward bench on April 30 by Governor Rick Scott. Prior to her appointment, she was in private practice since 2008, and served as an assistant public defender from 2006-2008. Judge Di Pietro received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Nova Southeastern University. 

Congratulations, and welcome to the 17th Judicial Circuit! 

Last Updated (Monday, 01 June 2015 15:47)


Judge Lerner-Wren Honored by National Council for Behavioral Health

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, who oversees the 17th Circuit’s misdemeanor mental health court, has been honored with a 2015 Award of Excellence by the National Council for Behavioral Health. In the category of Advocacy Leadership Awards, Judge Lerner-Wren was recognized as the Elected Official Service in Advocacy for her efforts to expand access to services for people living with mental illness and addiction.

Judge Lerner-Wren presides over the country’s first misdemeanor mental health court, which was established in Broward County, Florida in 1997. She was instrumental in replicating the implementation of this program on a national level; to date, many jurisdictions have replicated Broward County’s model. The court’s goal is to divert mentally ill people, charged with misdemeanor and non-violent offenses, into community-based treatment programs instead of incarceration.

The awards ceremony will take place in Orlando in April. Congratulations, Judge Lerner-Wren, for this prestigious recognition of your dedication to the mental health community! 

Last Updated (Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:40)

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