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Division 19

17th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT  

COMPLEX BUSINESS AND TORT - Division (19)

All trials and hearings held in Courtroom 970

 The Court’s Judicial Assistant is Mercedes,

the Court’s Deputy is Wes

 and the Court’s in Court Clerk is Alice.

 Judge Tuter serves as the Division (19) Judge

 and also serves as the Administrative Judge of Circuit Civil.

 

Please go to:  www.17th.flcourts.org to utilize the Court’s On-Line scheduling of Motions and submission of Agreed Orders. The Court accepts Agreed Orders via the on-line system and not regular mail.

Motion Calendar – All Motion Calendar hearings are scheduled on Wednesday mornings at 8:45 a.m. Hearings are limited to (5) minutes. As the number of cases which can be set is limited, please timely cancel, on-line, any hearing that is resolved.  A courtesy copy of all Motions set on Motion Calendar should be e-mailed to the Court at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and mailed.

Special Set Hearings – All requests for a Special Set hearing shall be in writing. Counsel shall furnish the Court with a copy of the Motion and an estimate of how much time will be required for the hearing. Requests for Special Set hearings may be sent via e-mail to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by regular U.S. mail (over 20 pages) to:

 

Honorable Jack Tuter
Broward County Courthouse
201 SE 6th Street
Room 1010B
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

(954) 831-7576

 

Phone Appearances - Are allowed after permission from the Court. Please provide the Court with a direct contact number. The Court will initiate the call from the bench.  Be advised --- Courtroom telephonic communications have limitations!

Agreed Orders - All Agreed Orders shall be submitted/uploaded through the 17th Judicial Circuit – E-Order System. Please note ONLY Agreed Orders are permitted via this website. Please DO NOT submit cover letters, or pleadings as it may result in the Order being rejected.

Please E-File originals of all pleadings with the Clerk of Court. 

Case Management - All cases in Division (19) require a Case Management Order setting forth discovery schedules and witness disclosure dates. Counsel of record may agree to a Case Management Order regarding discovery dates and submit same to through the 17th Judicial Circuit – E-Order System. If the parties cannot agree to disclosure dates either party may set the matter on Motion Calendar for resolution by the Court.

 

Trial Orders – The parties are to schedule a Status Conference on Motion Calendar for the Court to place the case on a Trial Docket. The Court requires substantial compliance with the Case Management Order or substantial completion of discovery before a case will receive a trial date.

Court’s Quarterly Trial Docket - Although cases may be set for trial on the Court's Quarterly Trial Docket, cases will not be given a trial date until substantial compliance with the Case Management Order or completion of substantial discovery has been completed. Further, in tobacco cases the case will not be set for trial until the Plaintiff’s deposition has been completed.  Transfers from other Divisions, ready for trial under a current trial order, do not require a Case Management Order if ready for trial.

Transfer to Complex Division 19 – All newly transferred cases to Division (19) from other Divisions should set a Status Conference within (30) days of the Transfer Order. Status conferences should be set on the Court’s Wednesday Motion Calendar. All requests for transfers from other Divisions must meet prerequisites of the Administrative Order governing transfer of cases to a Complex Division. Transfer requests may also be set on the Court’s Wednesday Motion Calendar.

Emergency Hearings - Shall comply with the 17th Judicial Circuit’s definition of an Emergency, be in writing, and submitted to the Court. In the event the Court is not in session such requests should be submitted to Court Administration.

Telephone Hearings - The Court may conduct telephonic hearings Monday through Friday on short notice, to alleviate the necessity of counsel appearing in person. The moving party shall be responsible for establishing conference calls with all counsel of record for telephonic hearings.

 

PLEASE do not call to inquire whether the Judge has signed a particular order or received a hand delivery. All approved electronic Agreed Orders are transmitted instantaneously via email when approved by the Court. We appreciate your cooperation.

 

Notice of Intent to file New Case in the Complex Business and Tort Division


2014 TRIAL DOCKET SCHEDULE

CALENDAR CALL @ 8:45 A.M.

COURTROOM 970

 

QTS

CALENDAR CALL

TRIAL WK DOCKET

1ST

December 11, 2013

JANUARY 13 - APRIL 4

2ND

March 12, 2014

APRIL 7 - JUNE 27

3RD

June 4, 2014

JUNE 30 - SEPTEMBER 19

4TH

August 27, 2014

SEPTEMBER 22 - DECEMBER 12