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 (April 4, 2020), all courthouses in Miami-Dade County are closed
but for emergency matters, first appearances (initial bond review) and
bond reduction hearings.
- All Circuit Court and County Court calendars, including the jail divisions
at REGJB, are cancelled until April 17, 2020, perhaps longer.
- Driver License offices are closed, but we can contact them via e-mail and
The Advocate Program is still conducting classes for Felony, 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. Required boating safety classes can be done online, as well.
No domestic violence (DV) criminal calendars will be heard at the Lawson
E. Thomas Courthouse Center.
DV first appearance hearings/bond hearings Will be held in courtroom 5-3 of the Gerstein Justice Building, 1351 NW
12th Street, Miami at 11 AM.
- Arraignments calendars for all DV criminal cases be cancelled and reset
by the Clerk.
- 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 there are online options
available. 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.
Reach out to your counselor or probation officer by e-mail to see if that’s
acceptable and keep a copy for your records.
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 a website link for
- 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. There
are remote breath testing devices that can be used whether or not you
have a car.
- Clients who have pending Petitions to Seal or Expunge their record simply
must sit tight and be patient, as these cases cannot be heard by a judge
at this time. Delays in processing already-filed applications are to 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. We’re in this together.
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