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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR TRAFFIC HEARING OFFICERS
What is a Hearing Officer?
A Hearing Officer is an attorney who presides over Civil Traffic Infraction matters, including Pre-trial and Trial hearings.

Who appoints or hires Hearing Officers?
A panel of four Judges analyzes and interviews the most qualified candidates and recommends a list of 10 to 30 attorneys to the Chief Judge of the 11th Circuit Court who then appoints and swears them into office.

What are the requirements to become a Hearing Officer?
An attorney must be a member of the Florida bar for at least 5 years, have trial experience and must complete a 40 hour training program before being sworn into office.

What types of Traffic cases do Hearing Officers preside over?
All Civil Traffic cases are heard by Hearing Officers, which can be moving and non-moving traffic violations. Excluded are accidents with injuries and all criminal traffic offenses. Hearing Officers also preside over Parking Violations and rule on most civil traffic motions.

Are Hearing Officers considered Judges?
No. Hearing Officers are appointed to preside over Traffic Infractions only.


 
 

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