Saturday, January 16, 2021

Judicial Section Details

Milton Hirsch

  • Division: Circuit Probate
  • Section: PMH 06
  • Court Location: Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse
  • Address: 175 N.W. 1st AVE Miami, FL 33128
  • Phone: (305) 349-6108
  • Room: CHC 1120
  • Judicial Assistant: Darpini, Eric

Judicial Assignment History

Circuit Judge: Circuit Probate Division
Associate Administrative Judge: Circuit Appellate Division


Counsel are reminded that communication with the court as to any pending litigation matter should be in the form of a pleading (e.g., motion, petition, memorandum in opposition, etc.), the original of which is to be filed with the clerk of court and copies of which are to be provided to chambers and all counsel of record.  The writing of a letter to the court as to a pending litigation matter is inconsistent with the Rules of Civil Procedure, see gen'ly Rules 1.080, 1.100, and is strongly discouraged.

This Section is now using CourtMAP and document submissions are no longer available via eCourtesy.

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Below is the link to all the training videos for CourtMAP:


I.  Questions Regarding Existing Cases, Courtroom Procedures, Etc.

If you have any questions, please reach out to J. Hirsch's J.A., Eric Darpini, at edarpini@jud11.flcourts.org.  This is the preferred contact method and will be the fastest way to get a response during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  


II.  Scheduling a Hearing
1.  Confirm that the pleading as to which you seek a hearing has been received by the Clerk of Courts and appears on the Clerk’s docket.

2.  Upload any relevant documents - proposed orders, petitions, etc. - to CourtMAP.  For an evidentiary hearing, please email Mr. Darpini, at edarpini@jud11.flcourts.org, with a request for a hearing.  Indicate approximately how much time you believe will be needed for the hearing, and if there are certain dates on which you are unavailable.  Note that hearings on non-evidentiary matters – matters as to which it will not be necessary to call witnesses or adduce evidence – are disfavored; such matters should ordinarily be resolved on the pleadings without a hearing.

3.  If the court determines a hearing is necessary, Mr. Darpini will reply to your email with a date and time for the hearing.  Once received by you, the notice of hearing must then be filed and docketed.  Failure to file and docket such a notice promptly may result in cancellation of the hearing.


 III.  Scheduling a Trial
 An order setting trial will read simply, “Trial is set for X date at Y time.”  Judge Hirsch’s trial orders do not set schedules or cut-off dates for discovery, motion practice, or exchange of exhibit or witness lists.  In matters governed by the Florida Trust Code or matters previously declared adversarial or which are Specific Adversarial Proceedings pursuant to Fla. Prob. R. 5.025, discovery and motion practice should be conducted according to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure.  In matters which have not been declared adversarial or which are not Specific Adversarial Proceedings pursuant to Fla. Prob. R. 5.025, discovery and motion practice should be conducted according to the Florida Probate Rules.  

 If a problem arises in connection with discovery or motion practice, it is the responsibility of the attorney or attorneys seeking relief to bring the matter to the attention of the court by means of an appropriate motion (with a courtesy copy to chambers).  If the court receives no such motions in the run-up to trial, the court will assume that discovery and other pretrial matters are proceeding smoothly and that trial will go forward as scheduled.  A continuance requested on the day of trial, if attributable to a discovery or motions issue not previously brought to the court’s attention, will be denied.

 Requests for mediation are treated in the same fashion.  If counsel want mediation and can agree to a mediator, they should submit a stipulated order to chambers well in advance of trial.  If mediation fails, trial will go forward as scheduled.  If counsel want mediation and cannot agree to a mediator, counsel should submit an order asking the court to assign a mediator well in advance of trial.  If mediation fails, trial will go forward as scheduled. 

Colodny, Yvonne PMH 05 CHC 1123305-349-7117
  • Proposed Orders
  • Notices for Trial
  • Special Sets
  • Emergency Petitions
Please submit proposed orders through CourtMAP for review by the court.  Make sure to attach any supporting documentation such as motions, petitions, etc. to the proposed order.  Once the proposed order is reviewed for correctness in CourtMAP, it will be forwarded to the judge to be granted/denied, or set for hearing based on Judge Hirsch's discretion. 

This Section is now using courtMAP and document submissions are no longer available via eCourtesy.

courtMAP is a new online Management and Access Platform built upon technology infrastructure from Broward’s Court Management System.

courtMAP combines eCourtesy with online scheduling, online notification/confirmation, and allows judges to create and e-File orders. courtMAP also allows parties to self-schedule their case events - motion calendar, special sets, and trials - and attach the documentation previously submitted via eCourtesy.

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