Thursday, June 1, 2023

General Magistrates

General magistrates are widely utilized in Florida's trial courts to assist the judiciary in the effective and timely disposition of cases. They are appointed by the chief judge to hear cases and make findings of fact and recommendations in a General Magistrate's Report to judges in the Family, Circuit Civil, Juvenile and Probate Divisions. Once the general magistrate has filed a report with the sitting judge, either party in the case may appeal by making exceptions to the general magistrate's findings and recommendations. If there are no exceptions to the report, the judge generally enters an order approving the decision of the general magistrate.

Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center
175 N.W. 1st Avenue
General Magistrate Phone Number
Carlos L. Fernandez (Administrative General Magistrate) 305-349-5557
Karl Brown 305-349-5714
Flora Jackson 305-349-5689
Deborah Magid 305-349-5688
Gina Mendez-Locke 305-349-5710
Deborah Nabat Frankel 305-349-5712
Yadira Pedraza 305-349-5686
Rene Tew 305-349-5667

The hours of operation are 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

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