Chief Judge

Chief Judge: Jack Tuter

Judicial Assistant: Mercedes Pacifico

Phone Number: (954) 831-7576

Chamber: 20170, West Wing Tower

Prior to judicial service Judge Tuter was a managing partner at Stephens, Lynn and Klein where he had a civil trial practice for almost 22 years. Judge Tuter also served as Director of the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.
Judge Tuter has served in the domestic violence, family, civil and complex business and tort divisions. Judge Tuter previously had the honor of serving as Administrative Judge of the Unified Family Division and Circuit Civil division. In addition to his Chief Judge responsibilities, Judge Tuter serves in the complex business division.
The 17th Judicial Circuit is the second largest judicial circuit in the State of Florida and comprises 90 judges and 11 magistrates. The 17th Circuit has courthouses in Plantation, Deerfield Beach, Hollywood and a North and West Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale.