The investiture of the Honorable Shari Africk Olefson was held Friday, February 15, 2019. She was sworn in by Chief Judge Jack Tuter, and robed by her family. Judge Africk Olefson won her seat by election and serves in the Juvenile Dependency division. Congratulations!

Judge Raag Singhal and Judge Natasha DePrimo attended the Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Lunar New Year Celebration this past weekend. Over 150 people were in attendance to celebrate the Year of the Pig.

Last week, Judge Florence Taylor Barner hosted pre-law students from American Heritage high school in her courtroom. The students observed Judge Barner’s civil docket and had a Q&A session afterward.

Last Thursday, Judge Michael Davis swore in new attorney Dominick Canna into the Florida Bar.

The investiture of Judge Gina Hawkins took place Friday, February 8, in a jury room packed with friends, family, and co-workers. Chief Judge Jack Tuter swore Judge Hawkins in, and her family robed her. Judge Hawkins was appointed by former Governor Rick Scott and presides in the Family division of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit.

Congratulations Judge Hawkins!


Dozens of lawyers and judges volunteered to judge and be jurors for each trial round of the 2019  Florida Law Related Education Mock Trial Competition on February 8 , 2019, held in the Broward County central courthouse. Eleven schools competed this year and the winners were:

1st Place: American Heritage, 2nd Place: Fort Lauderdale High School, 3rd Place: Stoneman Douglas High School

A special thanks to Judge Towbin Singer, Louise Ball, and Kristine DeSoiza, Esquire who coordinated and ran the competition.

The Seventeenth Circuit congratulates its first three successful participants in Community Court who are now placed in housing and successfully completed their case plan!


Several judges took part in a Judicial Roundtable Discussion on Friday, February 1, for first-year students in Nova Southeastern’s Shepard Broad College of Law program. The topic was The Importance of Professionalism in Adversarial Legal Writing and the students heard presentations from the judges and then took part in break-out groups for deeper discussion.

Thanks to Judge Towbin Singer, Judge Williams, Judge Levenson and Judge Diaz for their participation!


Last Friday, Judge Michael Davis hosted pre-law students from Florida International University who visited the South Satellite Courthouse in Hollywood to observe court.