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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Judicial Section Details

Samantha Ruiz Cohen

  • Division: Circuit Civil
  • Section: CA 05
  • Court Location: Dade County Courthouse
  • Address: 73 West Flagler ST Miami, FL 33130
  • Phone: (305) 349-7078
  • Room: DCC 1001
  • Judicial Assistant: Ceijas, Lissette

Judicial Assignment History

 
Circuit Judge: Circuit Civil Division

 

Important Notices Re: Court Closure; Submission of Original Notes; and Submission of Evidence

Court Closure:     The Dade County Courthouse is closed for in-person hearings and trials due to COVID-19. All Hearings Shall be held remotely using the Zoom platform, via video or phone conference. A few days prior to the scheduled hearing, you will receive an email with the information that will allow you to appear remotely.

Submission of Original Notes:     DO NOT FILE OR DELIVER ORIGINAL LOAN DOCUMENTS UNTIL I SPECIFICALLY INSTRUCT YOU TO DO SO. If motion is granted or mortgagee prevails at trial, the Final Judgment together with the original  note/loan documents are to be delivered to my attention to Room 911, Dade County Courthouse. Use delivery with tracking.

Submission of Evidence: At least five business days prior to the evidentiary hearing/non-jury trial, each side must:
1.     Mark the first page of each document it intends to introduce into evidence. (Plaintiff with numbers/Defendant with letters.)
2.     Submit to the e-Portal, in the manner detailed below, an Exhibit list, containing the exhibit number/letter, with the corresponding brief description of the exhibit, and all exhibits separately.
 To Submit:  a.  Go to the efiling Portal;
                     b.  Click on "File Pleading in Existing Case;"
                     c.  Enter Case Number,
                     d.  Once case populates, go to the documents tab, click "Add,"
                     e.  Once Search Bar appears, type " EVIDENCE" and hit
                         Enter,"
                     f.  Check off Evidence Submission, then hit "Browse" which 
                         allows you to select the respective document to be uploaded;
                         and
                     g. Click " Save."

By submitting the documents as indicated above, they go into a separate Evidence Queue that allows the Clerk to access evidence submitted on a particular case. EACH EXHIBIT MUST BE SUBMITTED SEPARATELY. DO NOT COMBINE DOCUMENTS THAT MAY NEED TO BE INTRODUCED SEPARATELY.

3. Upload the Exhibit list and each exhibit separately. via courtMap to the hearing/trial event. The list and each exhibit must be properly named when uploaded for ease of reference.

Motions for Judicial Disqualification must be uploaded via the emergency motion option on CourtMap.

  • Motion Calendar
  • Foreclosure Calendar
  • Special Sets
  • Emergency Motions
  • Proposed Orders
  • Notices for Trial

Type: Closed

Notice Before Hearing: 7 Business Days

Files at Hearing: None

DayTimeCapFromTo
Tuesday9:00 AM252/09/21 
Thursday9:00 AM252/11/21 


MOTION CALENDARS ARE HELD ON TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 9:00 A.M.  

 **Effective February 9, 2021 Motion Calendar for Division 05 will Commence at 9:00 A.M.** 


To access Zoom directly from courtMAP, click on “join zoom meeting” on the date/time of the hearing.

Motion calendar hearings are limited to 5 minutes per case. 
To set a matter on the Court's motion calendar for hearing:

 *Select the date from the Court's motion calendar availability (found on courtMAP).

*Submit your supporting documents (filed motion, notice of hearing, etc.) when creating the event on courtMAP.  DO NOT create multiple events (set multiple hearings) on any one case; the system allows for two (2) motions to be set on each case.  **The Court will not hear more than two (2) motions per case per motion calendar.** 

*Once a green "Success" message appears, the hearing has made calendar.  

IMPORTANT: Although the movant and the parties listed on the service list will receive an email from courtMAP indicating that an event has been created, a notice of hearing will not automatically generate.  The movant MUST e-file the notice of hearing via the e-portal system.  

To confirm a hearing, click on the "calendar" tab in the navigation bar and then on "view events," select the hearing date; the scheduled hearing will appear.  You can also click on "calendar," then on "events by case" and enter the case number; all upcoming hearings for that case number will appear.  

To appear telephonically: A motion for telephonic appearance, along with the Court's form order must be submitted for the Court's approval via the proposed orders option on courtMap.  All Motions for Telephonic Appearance must indicate the reason why a telephonic hearing is needed.  If the reason stated is that counsel has a hearing in another courthouse, the motion shall contain the name and case number of the other case.  

To cancel a motion calendar hearing:
Movants cancelling a hearing shall e-file a notice of cancellation and also cancel the hearing on courtMAP.  To do this, click on: -calendar, -view events, -select the case, -click case status ready, -click cancel from the dropdown, -click save, -select cancellation reason, -click confirm cancellation.  

THE FOLLOWING MOTIONS MUST ALWAYS BE SET FOR HEARING:
1. MOTIONS FOR COURT DEFAULT
2. MOTIONS TO RESCHEDULE FORECLOSURE SALES
3. MOTIONS FOR EXTENSION OF TIME TO EFFECTUATE SERVICE OF PROCESS
4. MOTIONS TO CONTINUE TRIAL OR STRIKE TRIAL DATES, EVEN IF AGREED TO (Motions for continuance must indicate whether it is the first request for continuance. If it is not, the number and date of prior continuance(s) must be included in the motion.)
5. MOTIONS TO COMPEL MEDIATION
6. MOTIONS TO CANCEL SALE (EVEN IF AGREED TO)
7. MOTIONS TO ISSUE A WRIT OF POSSESSION

 

NOTE REGARDING "WALK-INS"
The Court does not allow contested/disputed "add-ons" or "walk-ins" during a motion calendar when the Court is in trial. If you are planning on "walking in" to a motion calendar with opposing counsel for a contested/disputed motion, please call the day prior to the date of the motion calendar to make sure that the Judge is not in trial.  

 

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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