Domestic Violence

Due to COVID-19 there are currently no in-person hearings or trials scheduled in the Domestic Violence Division. Please read the below information carefully.

CIVIL INJUNCTION & RISK PROTECTION ORDER CASES

The following civil domestic violence hearings are currently being held via Zoom:

  • Permanent Injunction
  • Risk Protection
  • Civil Compliance

All cases not scheduled for a Zoom hearing are being rescheduled to a future date. All temporary injunctions continue to be extended.

Intake units are open for filing Petitions for Temporary Injunctions (DV, dating, stalking, repeat and sexual violence, and risk protection orders) and emergency motions.

MISDEMEANOR CASES

The following misdemeanor domestic violence hearings are currently being held via Zoom:

  • DV Bonds and emergency motions: Monday-Friday at 11AM
  • DV Drug Court
  • DV Mental Health Court
  • Judicial Review Calendar

All other hearings for out-of-custody defendants have been cancelled and will be reset. All cases not scheduled for a Zoom hearing are being rescheduled to a future date.

If you receive a notice for an in person hearing please contact the DV case management unit at (305)349-5556 for more information.

The Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida created a specialized Domestic Violence Division, comprised of seven judges and support services to deal exclusively with family violence issues and effectively addressing this type of crime through the justice system. The Domestic Violence Division hears protection (restraining) order cases, violation of injunction cases, criminal misdemeanor cases involving family violence and risk protection order cases. The court mandates accountability, punishment and meaningful treatment. Case managers assist the judges with preparation of injunction orders, time-sharing schedules and child support when the parties have minor children in common, specialized court orders and case management. The Division Judges and support personnel are located at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center, however some injunction cases are filed at three Branch Court locations. Seven judges in the Branch Court locations hear these cases in addition to their assignments in other divisions.

Domestic Violence Civil Court (Injunction for Protection / Restraining Orders)

The Domestic Violence Division Judges hear civil injunction for protection order (restraining order) cases.

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Domestic Violence Criminal Court (Misdemeanor)

The goal of the Domestic Violence Court is to prioritize misdemeanor domestic violence and injunction violation cases based on the prevalent risks factors involved.

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Domestic Violence Drug Court

The Domestic Violence Division has one of the few problem-solving courts in the country dedicated to the monitoring of domestic violence and substance abuse batterers through a specialized review calendar known as Domestic Violence Drug Court (DV Drug Court).

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Domestic Violence Mental Health Court

The Domestic Violence Division’s Mental Health Court (DV Mental Health Court), scheduled every Thursday morning, was developed to dedicate additional judicial time and resources to domestic violence defendants with mental health issues.

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Risk Protection Orders

Risk Protection Order cases provide procedures whereby a law enforcement officer or a law enforcement agency can obtain a court order temporarily restricting a person’s access to firearms for up to one year in situations where the person poses a significant danger of harming himself/herself or others by possessing a firearm.

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Programs and Services

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Domestic Violence Civil Intake Unit

Operated through the joint efforts of the Clerk of Courts (COC) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) Advocacy unit, the Intake Unit is comprised of intake counselors and support staff dedicated to providing efficient and responsive services to the court and the community.
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Domestic Violence Civil Case Management Unit

The Domestic Violence Case Management Unit provides immediate assistance, referrals, case assessment, support, and coordination. The unit serves as a liaison between the judiciary, related agencies, and the public.

Court Care

Court Care provides a safe and supervised drop-in childcare facility for children who must be in court in connection with matters involving the children or their parents or guardian.
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Department of Translation and Interpretation

Court Interpreters interpret and translate verbal and written communications from a non-English to English language in court proceedings.