Judge Lee Appointed to Judicial Management Council

County Court Judge Robert W. Lee has been appointed to the state Judicial Management Council for a four-year term beginning July 2014. The council serves as an advisory group that assists the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court of Florida in identifying trends, potential crisis situations, and the means to address them. Judge Lee was tapped by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga to serve on this committee because of his interest in the operations of the state courts system and his dedication to effective governance and producing positive change. 

Congratulations Judge Lee!


Judges Help in Election Recount

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Photo courtesy MargateNews.net

In the August 2014 primary elections, there were many clear winners and some that were too close to call. One such race, for a Margate city commission seat, was so close that Florida Statute required a manual recount. The Broward Supervisor of Elections Canvassing Board, comprised of County Court Judges Sharon Zeller and Stephen DeLuca, along with elections supervisor Brenda Snipes, convened right before a holiday weekend to make sure everyone's vote was counted. Florida Statute 102.141 requires a manual vote recount when a candidate for office is defeated by less than .50%. In this case, the difference was .49%.

 Though the recount yielded just one more vote for the victor, it was enough to guarantee the win to Joyce Bryan who won the race with 35.03% of Margate residents casting their ballots for her. 

Last Updated (Monday, 08 September 2014 15:54)


New County Judge Kal Evans Sworn In


Kal Evans was sworn in as the 17th Judicial Circuit's newest county court judge today, September 2, 2014. Administering the oath in a courtroom packed with Judge Evans' friends and famiy members, as well as many judges and court staff, was Chief Judge Peter Weinstein. Judge Evans is assigned to county criminal division MW and takes the bench for the first time on September 3, 2014.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:39)


Judge Goldenberg Receives NSU Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit proudly announces that Judge Renee Goldenberg has been named the Nova Southeastern University Distinguished Alumni achievement award recipient on behalf of the Law Center. Warmest congratulations go to Judge Goldenberg on this singular honor.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:00)


URGENT NOTICE – Potential Juror Scam

Chief Judge Peter Weinstein once again issues a warning to Broward County residents regarding juror scams. While it is important that citizens respond to the call for jury duty, Broward residents should know that the jury services division in the 17th circuit and law enforcement agencies throughout the county will never contact citizens via phone to solicit money or social security numbers for failure to appear at jury duty. If you are contacted by anyone telling you that there is a warrant for your arrest for failure to appear at jury duty and/or telling you that if you submit payment you will not be arrested, hang up the phone and contact Broward County Jury Services at 954-831-6089.

Last Updated (Friday, 25 April 2014 15:55)


Judge Singhal Appointed to State Council

Circuit Judge Raag Singhal was recently appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on Florida’s State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision. Filling the 7th seat of this important committee, Judge Singhal will bring a fresh judicial perspective to the group’s task of finding ways to improve a system that deals with adults ordered in Florida to court supervision who serve the sentence in another state. His term lasts from August 20, 2014 until June 30, 2015. 

Created pursuant to Florida Statute 949.072, the council meets at least twice a year. Taking a fresh look at the changing laws, the goal of the council is to revamp the rules and regulations that apply to the interstate program. At present, there are about 7,000 nationwide offenders on interstate supervision; nearly 2,000 of them are in violation.


Governor Scott Appoints Kal Le Var Evans and Daniel Kanner to the Broward County Court

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of Kal Le Var Evans and Daniel Kanner to the Broward County Court.

Evans, 37, of Fort Lauderdale, has served as Assistant State Attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit since 2003. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Evans fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Joseph Murphy.

Governor Rick Scott said, "Kal Evans' wide experience serving Floridians for more than a decade as a Broward County prosecutor will make him a great asset on the Broward County Court. I welcome Kal to his new position as he continues to serve with integrity and respect for the rule of law."

Kanner, 49, of Plantation, is a partner with Bauman & Kanner, P.A., where he has practiced since 1998. From 1992-1998, he served as Assistant State Attorney in Broward County. He received his bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Florida. Kanner fills a vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Edward Merrigan to the Circuit Court.

Governor Rick Scott said, "Throughout his legal career, Dan has demonstrated the qualities that make for a great judge. I am confident that he will serve Florida families with respect and humility on the Broward County bench."

Last Updated (Tuesday, 05 August 2014 07:21)


Graduation Honors for Judge Merrigan


The 17th Judicial Circuit Court congratulates Judge "Colonel" Edward Merrigan upon his graduation from the U.S. Army War College!

Last Updated (Friday, 25 July 2014 14:33)


Judge DeLuca Elected to JQC

The 17th Judicial Circuit Court extends warmest congratulations to Judge Steven P. DeLuca who has been elected by the Conference of County Judges to serve on the State Judicial Qualifications Commission.

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