Magistrates are quasi-judicial officers who conduct formal court hearings, take testimony, and evaluate evidence. At the end of the hearing, the Magistrate prepares a written report which contains recommendations as to what action the Judge should take in the case. Either party may file written exceptions to the report within ten (10) days of the issuance of the report. If no exceptions are filed, then the Court enters an order approving the recommendations.
The Chief Judge appoints Magistrates, pursuant to the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedures to hear and make recommendations on post-judgment family law matters. Magistrates are also appointed as Child Support Hearing Officers for proceedings related Title IV-D of the Social Security Act (Department of Revenue cases) involving the establishment, modification, and enforcement of child support, foreign orders, and determination of arrearages, including those of assistance debt owed to the State of Florida. The Magistrates and Hearing Officers serve under the direction of the Administrative Judge of the Family Division of the Circuit.
The Chief Judge also appoints Magistrates to hear and consider Baker Act and Marchman Act proceedings. These proceedings are related to involuntary treatment based upon severe mental, emotional, behavioral, or substance abuse disorders. The Magistrates serve under the direction of the Administrative Judge of the Guardianship, Mental Health, & Probate Division.
Additionally, the Chief Judge appoints a Magistrate to conduct judicial reviews in juvenile dependency cases. The Magistrate serves under the direction of the Administrative Judge of the Juvenile Division.
|Alijewicz, Sara||(561) 274-1433|| ||South County|
|Baker, Thomas||(561) 355-1975|| ||Main Judicial Complex|
|Bassaline, Peter||(561) 274-1410|| ||South County|
|Fanelli, Judette N.||(561) 355-3379|| ||Main Judicial Complex|
|Goodwin, Linda||(561) 355-4200|| ||Main Judicial Complex|
|Kirigin, Diane||(561) 624-6668|| ||North County|
|Williams, Jean-Adel||(561) 624-6681|| ||North County|
|Williams, Maxine||(561) 355-3842|| ||Main Judicial Complex|
|Willis, Sarah||(561) 355-7865|| ||Main Judicial Complex|