NOTE: MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES WITHIN THE COURT FACILITIES INCLUDING IN HEARING ROOMS.
Most hearings before a General Magistrate in the Family Division are non-jury trials or evidentiary hearings. It is presumed that the hearings scheduled before General Magistrate CARLOS L. FERNANDEZ will be conducted in person.
TO SCHEDULE A HEARING
Please utilize CourtMAP to see dates and times for scheduling a hearing. If both parties are represented by attorneys, you must agree to the date and time of hearing prior to scheduling. Be aware that two calendar types exist: IN PERSON and REMOTE HEARINGS (Zoom).
Hearings shall be set within thirty (30) days from the date of the order of referral, otherwise the hearing will be set by the General Magistrate’s office at the earliest available date.
TO SCHEDULE A ZOOM HEARING
You many request a hearing to be conducted remotely via ZOOM. If you reserve the hearing date and time via courtMAP on the appropriate calendar (marked as ZOOM hearings) you must send an email to email@example.com explaining the reason why you are requesting a ZOOM hearing, or you can call the General Magistrates Assistant Diana at 305-349-5557. You shall receive a confirmation or denial from the General Magistrate’s office.
HEARINGS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED VIA ZOOM
If your hearing was previously scheduled via ZOOM, it shall proceed via ZOOM. Confirmation of the type of hearing is on the “Notice of Hearing”. Please review your order of referral and notice of hearing for important information.
If the General Magistrate has instructed you to prepare the proposed Reports and Recommendations of General Magistrate, or Recommended Order of Hearing Officer, on their ruling, the proposed report must be submitted to the General Magistrate’s office via courtMAP no later than fourteen (14) days after the date of the hearing.
Prior to submitting your proposed report, please contact the other attorney/party to agree to the form and content of the report. If there is a disagreement regarding the proposed form, please contact the General Magistrate’s office to submit your proposed report within the fourteen (14) day period.
Any request for a continuance of a hearing before a General Magistrate must be heard by the General Magistrate. A notice of cancelation of hearing is insufficient and will not cancel a hearing. If a case or referral is settled or withdrawn, please contact the General Magistrate’s office.
REQUEST FOR TRANSCRIPTS
All hearings before a General Magistrate are recorded electronically. The recordings are stored by a court reporter vendor, Absolute Digital Inc. Please contact Absolute Digital (305-379-4741 or https://absolutedigitalinc.com) to arrange obtaining a transcript. The cost of the transcript will be your responsibility.
Interpreters are not provided by the court for hearings. If you need an interpreter or your witness requires the use of an interpreter, you must arrange to have a certified interpreter present to the hearing.
If you are going to be presenting exhibits at the zoom or telephonic hearing, you must contact the opposing attorney or party and agree to the exhibits that will be admitted. The exhibits should be marked 1, 2, 3 etc. for those associated to the petitioner and A, B, C etc. for those associated to the respondent.
An exhibit list must be prepared and submitted in advance (7 working days) of the hearing date. In addition, you must provide a copy of the exhibit list to the opposing party or their attorney (if they are represented by counsel). If you fail to provide a copy of the exhibit list and /or to file a copy of the exhibit list seven (7) days prior to the hearing, you may not be able to get the exhibits admitted on the day of the hearing. If there is a dispute as to the admissibility of the proposed exhibits, contact General Magistrate C. Fernandez’ office at 305-349-5557 to arrange a Zoom or telephonic hearing prior to the scheduled hearing to resolve the exhibit dispute.
Please make sure that you register your email address and mailing address with the Clerk of the Court to receive notices of hearing and orders. You may obtain a copy of the Clerk’s form at: Notice of Current Mailing and E-Mail Address.
Children may not be brought to the courthouse or to the hearing without first obtaining a court order.
GENERAL MAGISTRATE CONTACT INFORMATION
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Courthouse Address:Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center175 N.W. 1st Avenue, Suite 1745Miami, Florida 33128RESOURCES
- To file a pleading and receive court documents via email, please register:https://www.myflcourtaccess.com- Self-represented litigants can seek assistance at:https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Family-Court-Self-Help-Program- CourtMAP:https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Programs-and-Services/Online-Services/courtmap