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!

The 17th Judicial Circuit Court extends warmest congratulations to Judge Steven P. DeLuca who has been elected by the Conference of County Judges to serve on the State Judicial Qualifications Commission.

The 17th Judicial Circuit Court announces the following judicial vacancy notices:

Notice of Vacancy – Judge Merrigan

Notice of Vacancy – Judge Murphy

17th Judicial Circuit Announces Changes to Complex Litigation Divisions
Chief Judge Weinstein recently signed a new Administrative Order regarding the Complex Litigation Business and Tort Divisions
Attorneys and Litigants should note highlights in the Administrative Order:

• Cases may be direct filed into a Complex Business or Tort Division utilizing a form to be completed and filed through the e portal 
• Procedures regarding a request to transfer a tort case from a general division judge to a complex division have not changed
• Requests to transfer a business case from a general division to a complex division shall be heard on a transfer calendar by the Administrative Judge of Circuit Civil (Judge Tuter) 
• All business cases set out in A-H shall either be mandatorily filed if new, or if an existing case shall, on motion set on the transfer calendar, be transferred to the complex business division including:

A) All UCC non-consumer claims which exceed $150,000
B) All commercial foreclosure exceeding $500,000 which are accompanied by  a request/motion for appointment of a receiver or assignment of rents
C) All cases in which the subject matter is an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors
D) All business dissolutions and related shareholder/partnership/LLC disputes
E) Any business case where the subject matter relates to trade secrets where the amount in controversy exceeds $150,000
F) All business cases involving Non-Competition Agreements or disputes where the amount in controversy exceeds $150,000
G) Disputes involving the confirmation of non-consumer arbitration awards
H) All shareholder derivative actions where the amount in controversy exceeds $150,000

• Any denial of a request to transfer a case to complex business or tort may be heard by the Administrative Judge of Circuit Civil