Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
AS OF OCTOBER 12, 2020, THE SEVENTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURTS AND BROWARD COUNTY’S COURTHOUSES ARE NOW IN PHASE 2 OF COURT OPERATIONS.
Please visit the link below frequently for updates regarding the current status of the Courts and the Coronavirus: Updated 10/15/2020
GUARDIANSHIP EXAMINING COMMITTEE
The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit is seeking qualified medical doctors (MD) and doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO) willing to serve on the guardianship examining committee. Members of the examining committee perform examinations of individuals who are the subject of petitions to determine incapacity in guardianship proceedings. Individuals must be approved by the Chief Judge as members of the examining committee, and are independent contractors of the Circuit who are required to execute a contractual agreement for the provision of such services.
To qualify, the applicant must be familiar with Chapter 744, Florida Statutes and more particularly section 744.331, Florida Statutes, and be a psychiatrist or other physician (with specialization in geriatrics, gerontology, hospice, or palliative care).
Members of the examining committee must be able to perform examinations and file a report with the clerk of the court within fifteen (15) days of the order of appointment. Individuals who receive appointments will be paid either from the assets of the guardianship (once established) or, if the ward is indigent, by the State of Florida pursuant to a contractual agreement. Individuals who are selected will be required to meet all education and training requirements, as required by Florida Statutes. Pursuant to section 744.331(3)(d), Florida Statutes and Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Administrative Order 2019-16-PRC, these education requirements may be satisfied online.
If you are interested in being considered for placement on the Circuit’s examining committee, please complete and submit the attached information to:
Office of the Trial Court Administrator
Attn. General Counsel
Broward County Courthouse
201 S.E. 6th Street, Ste. WW20170
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Upon receipt, your information will be reviewed and you may be scheduled for an interview with the review committee.
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage, the Broward County Bar Association and the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association held a virtual “Behind the Gavel” event, in honor and celebration of our county’s Hispanic judges in mid-September. Judge Marina Garcia-Wood was recognized as a Trailblazer, for her role in founding the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association in 1989. She and other colleagues established the organization with the aim to promote judicial diversity and the interests of Hispanic lawyers. It was the first of its kind in Broward County.
The Broward Bar also hosted “The Florida Jurist: Recognizing Hispanic Excellence,” a virtual statewide event conducted jointly with other bar associations throughout Florida, in honoring Hispanic Judicial excellence. Our own Judge Robert Diaz was one of the judges honored for his many years on the bench and for his zealous work mentoring and teaching.
To watch Behind the Gavel: A Celebration of Broward Hispanic Judges, and see their personal interviews, click here: https://www.browardbar.org/2020-behind-the-gavel/