The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in conjunction with the Broward County Bar Association wishes to extend congratulations to attorneys recently admitted to The Florida Bar.  

To help familiarize new attorneys with Broward County’s local legal practice, you are invited to attend the New Attorney Breakfast to be held on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 8:30-11:00 a.m. on the 7th floor of the 110 Tower, 110 SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale across the street from the Central Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale.  A light complimentary breakfast will be provided by the Broward County Bar Association. 

Both judges and local practicing attorneys will attend the breakfast to help you navigate the local practice of law. Representatives from the various local voluntary bar associations will also be on hand to provide information on their programs. 

Please register for the New Attorney Breakfast by clicking here. Deadline to register is Monday, October 27, 2014. If you know of recently admitted attorneys practicing in Broward County or attorneys who recently relocated to Broward County, please tell them about this event as the judges of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit want to welcome as many of our new attorneys as possible.  


Daniel J. Kanner was sworn in as the 17th Circuit’s newest county court judge on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by Chief Judge Peter Weinstein. Appointed to a vacant seat in August by Governor Rick Scott, Judge Kanner will be presiding in the county civil division. 

A practicing attorney for 22 years, Judge Kanner spent the first six of those years as a Broward assistant state attorney. For the last 16 years, he was a partner in private practice concentrating mostly in criminal defense. 

Judge Kanner earned both his bachelor and juris doctor degrees from University of Florida. He is married to Kristin and has three children, two dogs and three cats. 

County Court Judge Robert W. Lee has been appointed to the state Judicial Management Council for a four-year term beginning July 2014. The council serves as an advisory group that assists the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court of Florida in identifying trends, potential crisis situations, and the means to address them. Judge Lee was tapped by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga to serve on this committee because of his interest in the operations of the state courts system and his dedication to effective governance and producing positive change. 

Congratulations Judge Lee!

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In the August 2014 primary elections, there were many clear winners and some that were too close to call. One such race, for a Margate city commission seat, was so close that Florida Statute required a manual recount. The Broward Supervisor of Elections Canvassing Board, comprised of County Court Judges Sharon Zeller and Stephen DeLuca, along with elections supervisor Brenda Snipes, convened right before a holiday weekend to make sure everyone’s vote was counted. Florida Statute 102.141 requires a manual vote recount when a candidate for office is defeated by less than .50%. In this case, the difference was .49%.

 Though the recount yielded just one more vote for the victor, it was enough to guarantee the win to Joyce Bryan who won the race with 35.03% of Margate residents casting their ballots for her. 


Kal Evans was sworn in as the 17th Judicial Circuit’s newest county court judge today, September 2, 2014. Administering the oath in a courtroom packed with Judge Evans’ friends and famiy members, as well as many judges and court staff, was Chief Judge Peter Weinstein. Judge Evans is assigned to county criminal division MW and takes the bench for the first time on September 3, 2014.

The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit proudly announces that Judge Renee Goldenberg has been named the Nova Southeastern University Distinguished Alumni achievement award recipient on behalf of the Law Center. Warmest congratulations go to Judge Goldenberg on this singular honor.

Circuit Judge Raag Singhal was recently appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on Florida’s State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision. Filling the 7th seat of this important committee, Judge Singhal will bring a fresh judicial perspective to the group’s task of finding ways to improve a system that deals with adults ordered in Florida to court supervision who serve the sentence in another state. His term lasts from August 20, 2014 until June 30, 2015. 

Created pursuant to Florida Statute 949.072, the council meets at least twice a year. Taking a fresh look at the changing laws, the goal of the council is to revamp the rules and regulations that apply to the interstate program. At present, there are about 7,000 nationwide offenders on interstate supervision; nearly 2,000 of them are in violation.

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of Kal Le Var Evans and Daniel Kanner to the Broward County Court.

Evans, 37, of Fort Lauderdale, has served as Assistant State Attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit since 2003. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Evans fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Joseph Murphy.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Kal Evans’ wide experience serving Floridians for more than a decade as a Broward County prosecutor will make him a great asset on the Broward County Court. I welcome Kal to his new position as he continues to serve with integrity and respect for the rule of law.”

Kanner, 49, of Plantation, is a partner with Bauman & Kanner, P.A., where he has practiced since 1998. From 1992-1998, he served as Assistant State Attorney in Broward County. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. Kanner fills a vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Edward Merrigan to the Circuit Court.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Throughout his legal career, Dan has demonstrated the qualities that make for a great judge. I am confident that he will serve Florida families with respect and humility on the Broward County bench.”


The 17th Judicial Circuit Court congratulates Judge “Colonel” Edward Merrigan upon his graduation from the U.S. Army War College!