01 Civil Division

Circuit Civil

The Circuit Civil Division judges preside over cases where the alleged damages exceed $15,000 and are filed by an individual, business or government agency. The Circuit Civil Division has jurisdiction over a broad category of cases, including tort cases, contract disputes, products liability and malpractice cases, infringements of intellectual property, enforcement of non-compete contracts, and petitions for injunctive relief. Circuit Civil Division judges also hear county to circuit appeals. Within the Circuit Civil Division is a complex business court, two complex tort divisions and a mortgage foreclosure division. Judges currently presiding in the Circuit Civil Division are:


Judicial Assistant: Joshua Carrasco
Phone Number: (954) 831-3736
Zoom Meeting ID: 975-531-891
Chamber: WW15129
Courtroom: WW15160
Division: 25


Judicial Assistant: Barbara Ranalli
Phone Number: (954) 831-7091
Zoom Meeting ID: 232-523-414
Chamber: WW16133
Courtroom: WW16175
Division: 5/27


Judicial Assistant: Adele Granata
Phone Number: (954) 831-6362
Zoom Meeting ID: 763-453-911
Chamber: WW15135
Courtroom: WW15165
Division: 02


Judicial Assistant: Deba Khan
Phone Number: (954) 831-7823
Zoom Meeting ID: 135-647-283
Chamber: WW15131
Courtroom: WW15155
Division: 03


Judicial Assistant: Karen Sisson
Phone Number: (954) 831-7819
Zoom Meeting ID: 811-4758-9655
Chamber: NW6790
Courtroom: NW6810
Division: 24


Judicial Assistant: Melinda Fleming
Phone Number: (954) 831-3580
Zoom Meeting ID: 891 5031 4661
Chamber: WW16129
Courtroom: WW16160
Division: 22


Judicial Assistant: Katarzyna Zielinski
Phone Number: (954) 831-7336
Zoom Meeting ID: 598-494-885
Chamber: WW14125
Courtroom: WW14170
Division: 18


Judicial Assistant: Karena Griffiths
Phone Number: (954) 831-7395
Zoom Meeting ID: 647-324-402
Chamber: WW16127
Courtroom: WW16155
Division: 12


Judicial Assistant: Melinda Fleming
Phone Number: (954) 831-3580
Zoom Meeting ID: 852-787-101
Chamber: WW16129
Courtroom: WW16160
Division: 11


Judicial Assistant: Christine Kortabani
Phone Number: (954) 831-7755
Zoom Meeting ID: 111-475-745
Chamber: WW16125
Courtroom: WW16170
Division: 08


Judicial Assistant: Kenndrah Stonom
Phone Number: (954) 831-0608
Zoom Meeting ID: 726-619-094
Chamber: WW16131
Courtroom: WW16165
Division: 04


Judicial Assistant: Alissa Quintero
Phone Number: (954) 831-7817
Zoom Meeting ID: 109 129 436
Chamber: WW16135
Courtroom: WW16150
Division: 09

CAROL-LISA PHILLIPS (Admin. Judge Circuit Civil)

Judicial Assistant: Maria Diamond
Phone Number: (954) 831-7554
Zoom Meeting ID: 735-58-3281
Chamber: WW15127
Courtroom: WW15175
Division: 26


Judicial Assistant: Mairale Dyson
Phone Number: (954) 831-7258
Zoom Meeting ID: 571-442-299
Chamber: WW14131
Courtroom: WW14150
Division: 13


Judicial Assistant: Lizette Marciniak
Phone Number: (954) 831-0667
Zoom Meeting ID: 277-567-705
Chamber: WW14127
Courtroom: WW14175
Division: 14


Judicial Assistant: Amanda Abrams
Phone Number: (954) 831-7825
Zoom Meeting ID: 919-2602-8850
Chamber: WW15125
Courtroom: WW15170
Division: 21

JACK TUTER (Chief Judge)

Judicial Assistant: Maria E. Prieto
Phone Number: (954) 831-7576
Zoom Meeting ID: 319-670-946
Chamber: WW20170
Courtroom: WW17150
Division: 07
Complex Business and Tort Litigation
The Complex Business and Tort Divisions of the 17th Judicial Circuit were created by Administrative Order in 2004. The divisions were created to manage difficult, time consuming and complicated business and tort cases. The divisions were created to promote the efficient case management of cases requiring extensive judicial labor. The tort divisions generally handle cases taking more than (10) days of trial and include Engle tobacco litigation; complex products liability cases; medical malpractice cases and any other tort cases needing extensive judicial management. The complex business court handles complex class action cases, dissolution of certain business entities, assignment for the benefit of creditor cases, and management of large business and construction litigation cases. The complex tort and business divisions manage cases which general civil division judges do not have adequate time to devote the resources necessary to manage and try.

Cases can be filed directly in the complex business division. Tort cases may be transferred into a complex division. All requests to transfer a tort or business case from a general circuit civil division must meet prerequisites of the Administrative Order governing transfer of cases to the complex division.

See,  Establishing Procedures for Direct Filing or Reassignment of Circuit Civil Cases to a Complex Business or Complex Tort Division

If all Counsel are in agreement as to a case being transferred to a complex division, a hearing may not be necessary. Simply submit the motion to transfer to the Court. If the Court finds the matter meets criteria, the case may be reassigned accordingly.

Any party objecting to a transfer of a case to a complex division must be placed on the Division (07) Wednesday Motion Calendar by the Court’s Judicial Assistant. Please e-mail the Court at div07@17th.flcourts.org with the style of the case, a notice of hearing setting forth which date the matter is to be heard and a copy of the motion to transfer. The Court will place the matter on the transfer docket and confirm with all counsel.

New Courthouse Technology – The west Courthouse has new technology for presentation of video and other imaging. To view how to use the equipment please follow link: How to use Equipment 

Practices and Procedures for judges assigned to any complex division maybe seen  here 

These practices and procedures assist the party’s and their counsel information on setting hearings, trial calendars, filing of motions and other procedures set out to promote the efficient case management of complex cases.

Presiding judges over Complex Business and Tort Litigation are:

Chief Judge Jack Tuter Division (07)

Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips Division (26)

Mortgage Foreclosure

Foreclosure is the enforcement of a mortgage lien by judicial sale of the property. A mortgage lien is created when there is a loan contract for money borrowed under a note. This loan is secured by the mortgage lien upon real property. When the debt is not paid according to the loan contract terms, or when other contract terms are violated, the lender can pursue its lien on the property. If you represent yourself and are served with a writ of eviction or other notice in a pending Foreclosure case the procedures for scheduling a hearing can be found here: Foreclosure Instructions.

Presiding judges over Mortgage/Foreclosure are: 

Judge Marina Garcia-Wood

Senior Judge Christopher Pole