COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT AND HELPFUL INFORMATION
As we weather this crisis together, it’s important that the public
is aware of what’s happening with their court cases. I am available
to speak or video teleconference with anyone who has questions.
As of today (March 20, 2020), all courthouses in Miami-Dade County are
closed but for emergency matters, first appearances (initial bond review)
and bond reduction hearings.
- All County Criminal Division calendars, including the jail divisions at
REGJB, are cancelled for the weeks of 3/23 and 3/30. No decision yet has
officially been made as to 4/7.
- Driver License offices are closed, but we can contact them via e-mail and
through a phone number set up in Tallahassee.
The Advocate Program is still conducting classes for DUI, Drug Diversion,
Domestic Violence, and others. Follow this
link to continue with your requirements online. New enrollees can follow this
link to begin registration.
- No domestic violence (DV) criminal calendars will be heard at the Lawson
E. Thomas Courthouse Center.
- Arraignments calendars for all DV criminal cases will be cancelled.
- Bond calendar for all DV cases will be heard daily at the Richard E. Gerstein
building (REG) at 11:00 am in courtroom 5-3.
- Arraignments, Soundings, Reports, Probation Violation Hearings, and Trials
are all postponed. The Clerk will issue new notices and I’ll communicate
with each of you when that happens.
- Those clients who are on probation or in diversion programs should report
to their probation officer or program counselor by e-mail, simply to let
them know you are still around. Keep a copy of the e-mail for your records.
- Community service will resume when safe, though required classes may be
done online. You should not be violated or removed from a program because
of this. A new law violation will land you in jail and have your probation
violated or program attendance revoked.
- Some clients have ignition interlock devices installed on their cars. Continue
to use the devices as instructed and call your installer to advise that
you still have the device. If you experience a problem with the device,
you may not be able to use your car. You'll need to contact the installer.
Here's the phone number for Smart Start representative Scott Evans:
- You may not be able to report to the installer to have the instrument re-calibrated
or removed. If so, continue to use the device as instructed. If you are
required to install such a device, and haven’t done so yet, send
an e-mail to your probation officer or counselor and keep a copy.
- Clients who have pending Petitions to Seal or Expunge their record simply
must sit tight, as these cases cannot be heard by a judge at this time.
Delays in processing recently-filed applications will be expected.
- Please contact me via e-mail first. I respond very quickly. I can also
receive text messages, but reserve those for special circumstances. Please
refrain from texts after 9 PM unless it’s an emergency. Contact
me the next day and I’ll get right back to you.
- Be careful, be safe and be well.
Here are some important links to help you through:
Centers for Disease Control
Miami-Dade County government
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Florida Unemployment Emergency Fund
Florida Department of Health