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)


Chief Judge Peter M. Weinstein Re-Elected

For Immediate Release                                                 February 12, 2015





Fort Lauderdale, FL – Peter M. Weinstein was re-elected to lead the 17th Judicial Circuit today for a third term as Chief Judge of the state’s second-largest circuit. Voted in by a majority of the 88 active judges serving Broward County, Judge Weinstein officially begins his new term July 1, 2015.


First elected as Chief in February 2011, Judge Weinstein brings a wealth of experience and leadership to his role.  “I know that it is imperative we take steps to move forward in a positive direction, and as Chief Judge, I pledge to work with all the Judges in the circuit to make that happen,” he says.  Chief Judge Weinstein says, “I am truly honored to once again lead the distinguished judges and magistrates of this circuit. The many accomplishments this court has seen is a clear reflection of their dedication to our justice system.”




Last Updated (Thursday, 12 February 2015 16:56)


New County Judge, Stephen Zaccor

Prosecutor Stephen Zaccor was appointed to the 17th Circuit county court bench on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by Governor Rick Scott. A 17-year veteran of the Broward County State Attorney's Office, Judge Zaccor was selected to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gary Cowart in October. 

The 17th Circuit family extends a warm welcome to Judge Stephen Zaccor! 


Trial Judge of the Year Honors

Congratulations to Judge William Haury who was named the civil trial judge of the year by the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Fort Lauderdale Chapter at their annual Judge's Night Dinner on January 16, 2015. ​Last year's recipient of this prestigious award was Judge Carlos Rodriguez. 

​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.​

The 17th Judicial Circuit is extremely proud of our judges receiving this special recognition!

Last Updated (Monday, 26 January 2015 14:35)


17th Circuit Honors Seven Judges in Robing Ceremony


On Friday, January 16, the 17th Judicial Circuit Court held its annual robing ceremony, honoring Broward County’s newly elected or appointed judges to the bench. Six brand new judges and one former county judge who was appointed to a circuit seat 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 Dennis D. Bailey; Circuit Judge Stacey Schulman; Circuit Judge John Patrick Contini; County Judge Claudia Robinson; Circuit Judge Edward H. Merrigan; County Judge Kal Evans; County Judge Daniel J. Kanner

More Articles...