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Congratulations to judges and staff of Florida’s courts and members of the Office of the State Court Administrator’s Office of Court Improvement team recognized by the Prudential Productivity Awards for work on the Adult Post-Adjudicatory Drug Court Expansion Program. Representing Broward County, ours in the Seventeenth Circuit is one of only nine in the state with this program.

The Expansion Program helps the state save millions with evidence-based diversion for screened participants to get community-based treatment services – the documented state-wide savings from this program over three years time is $3.8 million. It puts eligible individuals on a path to sobriety and a better life while diverting appropriate participants from prison.

Since 1989, the Prudential Productivity Awards program has recognized state employees for innovation and productivity gains that improve the delivery of state services and save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses.

In addition to the Seventeenth Circuit, Adult Post-Adjudicatory Drug Courts also operate in:

Escambia and Okaloosa counties in the First Judicial Circuit;
Marion County in the Fifth Judicial Circuit
Pinellas County in the Sixth Judicial Circuit
Volusia County in the Seventh Judicial Circuit
Orange County in the Ninth Judicial Circuit
Polk County in the 10th Judicial Circuit
Hillsborough County in the 13th Judicial Circuit
Seminole County in the 18th Judicial Circuit

Judge Florence Barner and Judge Keathan Frink were recently honored at a dinner reception recognizing “South Florida’s ‘Most Powerful and Influential Black Business Leaders of 2018′” hosted by Legacy Magazine.

Congratulations to both judges!

 

A group of seventy teenagers representing eight law enforcement agencies across the county took part in an afternoon tour of the central courthouse last week. The Young Explorer Academy students observed first appearance court, spoke with Judge Robert Diaz, watched juvenile detention court, and got a hands-on tour of the BSO Crime Scene Unit.

A special thanks to Karen Sisson who arranged the visit and assisted with the tour.

Judge Kal Evans attended the 19th Annual Boys & Girls Night Out, hosted by the community group Children Reaching for the Stars. He was the guest of honor and spoke to the children about how to work hard to succeed in life.

Judges and court staff working in juvenile drug court took part in a three-day training program last week, hosted collaboratively by American University’s Justice Program Office and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. The “Juvenile Drug Court Training & Technical Assistance Initiative” included in-court observation and classroom-style training, and was funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

 

Please be advised, effective June 4, 2018, the Court Management System will be upgrading the Agreed Order Feature.

New functionality for agreed orders will include the following:

  • Creating and Editing Agreed Orders Online
  • Saving and Modifying Draft Orders
  • Attaching Supporting Documents
  • Filing Exhibits along with Approved Agreed Orders

 

Click the Training Video below to learn more about the new Feature.

 

On Friday, June 1st, The Seventeenth Circuit hosted a training for Criminal Attorneys of the Court Management System.

Please be advised, effective June 11, 2018, The Seventeenth Circuit will begin a Pilot Program to allow Self Scheduling of Criminal Hearings in the Court Management System.

Judges Participating in the Pilot Program: Allowed Motions for the Pilot Program:
Dennis Bailey (FG)
Tim Bailey (FH)
Judge Siegel (FK)
Martin Fein (FY)
Ernest Kollra (FF)
Christopher W. Pole (MH)
MOTION TO TRAVEL
MOTION TO RETURN PROPERTY
MOTION TO WITHDRAW
MOTION TO COMPEL DISCOVERY
MOTION TO COMPEL BETTER ADDRESS
MOTION TO ATTEND DEPOSITION
MOTION TO DECLARE INDIGENT FOR COSTS
MOTION TO AUTHORIZE JAC COSTS
MOTION FOR EARLY TERMINATION OF PROBATION
MOTION FOR CONTINUANCE
MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF EXPERT (PSYCHOLOGIST)
MOTION TO TRAVEL
MOTION TO VACATE CAPIAS
AGREED/STIPULATED RESTITUTION HEARING
MOTION FOR IN-COURT SURRENDER
MOTION TO VACATE ESTREATURE
MOTION FOR SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL
MOTION FOR PRETRIAL RELEASE/SET/REDUCE BOND (no witnesses-no Arthur)

Click the Training Video below to learn more.

A grand-opening ribbon cutting ceremony was held last Friday to highlight a brand-new intake and referral program that seamlessly links people in the community to local service providers. ‘Self-Help @ The Seventeenth’ is now open in the Central Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. It is the first in the State of Florida to offer such a wide-ranging array of services in a “one-stop” environment.

Five days a week, representatives from the following agencies are on-site in the new West tower, to help anyone in need.

  • Coast to Coast Legal Aid– provides assistance with family cases and filling out forms in family matters, referrals and assistance with domestic violence injunctions (Room 4101, 4th floor)
  • 211 Broward  – identifies and assists families in crisis, in need of housing, and a referral base to all Broward social services (Room 5107, 5th floor)
  • South Florida Wellness Network– a peer run program that offers emotional support and guidance in assessing recovery and care systems and services for individuals or families (Room 5106, 5th floor)
  • Henderson Behavioral Health– offers a variety of mental health and behavioral health services for both youth and adults, crisis intervention, and referrals to local in and out-patient services (Room 5101, 5th floor)
  • Women in Distress of Broward– provides court accompaniment, victim compensation and relocation assistance, and referral to attorneys for legal assistance to victims of domestic violence (Room 4106, 4th floor)

 

Judge Brown was recently honored with a community service award given by the Jewish Community Center of Plantation. It was given in recognition of her work with the JCC board, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Broward Children’s Center, Florida United Methodist Children’s Home advisory board and the Broward Crime Commission advisory board.

Congratulations Judge Brown!

A group from the Rayfield Family Literacy Center, a social services organization in Hollywood, visited the South Satellite courthouse last week to observe court and to meet and talk with the judges. Pictured here are Judge Terri-Ann Miller hosting a question and answer talk and Judge Michael Davis giving a tour of his courtroom.

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