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


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Last Updated (Thursday, 30 October 2014 15:01)


Judges Receive Award of Excellence


Impact Broward presented the 2014 Award of Excellence to Chief Judge Peter M. Weinstein and Judge Edward H. Merrigan, Jr. on behalf of their work with Broward County Veterans Court. Since its inception in May 2012, the 17th Circuit’s Veterans Court has accepted hundreds of cases covering a variety of misdemeanor offenses, with a focus on rehabilitating the veteran offender. There are currently 185 defendants receiving services through Broward’s Veterans Court. 

In its third year, Impact Broward’s annual awards ceremony honors local officials, organizations and community members for their dedication and commitment to improving the lives of Broward County residents. 

Congratulations to both judges!


New Attorney Orientation Breakfast

The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in conjunction with the Broward County Bar Association wishes to extend congratulations to attorneys recently admitted to The Florida Bar.  

To help familiarize new attorneys with Broward County's local legal practice, you are invited to attend the New Attorney Breakfast to be held on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 8:30-11:00 a.m. on the 7th floor of the 110 Tower, 110 SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale across the street from the Central Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale.  A light complimentary breakfast will be provided by the Broward County Bar Association. 

Both judges and local practicing attorneys will attend the breakfast to help you navigate the local practice of law. Representatives from the various local voluntary bar associations will also be on hand to provide information on their programs. 

Please register for the New Attorney Breakfast by clicking here. Deadline to register is Monday, October 27, 2014. If you know of recently admitted attorneys practicing in Broward County or attorneys who recently relocated to Broward County, please tell them about this event as the judges of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit want to welcome as many of our new attorneys as possible.  

Last Updated (Wednesday, 08 October 2014 09:48)

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