Sunday, November 28, 2021

Judicial Section Details

Samantha Ruiz Cohen

  • Division: Circuit Family
  • Section: FC 28
  • Court Location: Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse
  • Address: 175 N.W. 1st AVE Miami, FL 33128
  • Phone: (305) 349-5744
  • Room: CHC 2815
  • Judicial Assistant: Ceijas, Lissette
  • Bailiff: Pacheco, Aaron

Judicial Assignment History

Circuit Judge: Circuit Family Division
Administrative Judge: Circuit Family Division


It is important that  ALL ATTORNEYS AND SELF REPRESENTED LITIGANTS MUST SIGN UP FOR AN ACCOUNT AT FLORIDA COURTS E-FILING PORTAL AT https://www.myflcourtaccess.com/  for filing pleadings or motions with the clerk and sign up for COURTMAP at https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Programs-and-Services/Online-Services/ for submitting proposed orders to your assigned Judge. 


The judges will be using the ZOOM platform for most hearings.  It is FREE.  If you are unfamiliar with the Zoom platform, please go to the ZOOM training page website to learn how to access the platform for use.   

Zoom training page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

Zoom Live Training page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360029527911

We ask you to assist us by learning how to utilize ZOOM and your patience with us as we learn along with you.  We are committed to the continued delivery of justice in the face of this pandemic.

Please refer to the drop-down boxes to the right of the screen for clear instructions on how to proceed for specific types of calendars.



  • Motion Calendar
  • UCD Calendar
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Special Sets
  • Proposed Orders
  • Notices for Trial
  • Transfer Calendar

Type: Closed

Notice Before Hearing: 7 Calendar Days

Files at Hearing: None

Tuesday9:30 AMNone10/31/12 


Once your case is resolved, on COURTMAP, Click on Uncontested Calendar for the Division/Judge.

Please be sure to attach the following supporting documents with an e-file stamp
1. Petition or Counter Petition
2. Answer or Answer/Waiver 
3. Marital Settlement Agreement and/or Parenting Plan.
4. If the Petition has been defaulted please attach the Order of Default.
5. A copy of the Petitioner's and/or Counter Petitioner’s Valid Driver's License, Florida State ID or Voter’s Registration card.  
6. Affidavit that MSA and/or PP in best interest of child, signed by both parties.   
7. Financial Affidavits
8. UCCJEA Affidavit

9. Special Affidavit for Remote Uncontested/No Hearing

All requests for Uncontested hearings without these supporting documents with an e-file stamp will be rejected.

Your request for UCD will be reviewed.    
Attorneys: Please  send a proposed Final Judgment to the Judge via COURTMAP.  At that time also attach a cover letter advising the Judge that this is a proposed Final Judgment that has been approved for remote UCD.   
Self-Represented Litigants:  You will not have to appear in court. The Judge will prepare a final judgment  and send it to you electronically.  




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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