Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Judicial Section Details

Deborah Nabat Frankel

  • Division: Circuit Family Magistrates
  • Section: 05
  • Court Location: Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse
  • Address: 175 N.W. 1st AVE Miami, FL 33128
  • Phone: (305) 349-5688
  • Room: CHC 1626
  • Judicial Assistant: Correa, Laurelle

Judicial Assignment History

General Magistrate: Circuit Family Magistrates


Courthouses are now open for in-person hearings and trials, based on public health advisories at the direction of the Florida Supreme Court.

This Division uses courtMAP.  Hearings must be scheduled through courtMAP. The date and time of the hearing must be agreed upon by the parties prior to scheduling the hearing.  https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Programs-and-Services/Online-Services/courtmap
Any non-evidentiary special set which can be resolved in 30 minutes or less (such as a CMC, Status Conference, Motion for Continuance) can be held on Zoom.

Any hearing already scheduled and noticed as a Zoom hearing remains a Zoom hearing and will be conducted on Zoom.
If a hearing has been scheduled for in-person but all parties agree to convert it to Zoom, an email must be sent to 11thfcgm05@jud11.flcourts.org

If you do not schedule your hearing within 15 days of the entry of the Order of Referral, the Referral will be set for hearing 


If you have been instructed to prepare and submit the proposed Recommended Order of General Magistrate or Recommended Order of Hearing Officer, the proposed Recommended Orders must be submitted via CourtMAP, no later than ten (15) days after the date of the hearing. All proposed Recommended Orders should be agreed to by both parties. If the parties simply cannot agree on the proposed Recommended Order, then each party may submit their own. 

Motions for Continuance of a hearing scheduled before the Magistrate must be heard by the Magistrate.  All MOTIONS FOR CONTINUANCE must be filed with the Court and emailed to 11THFCGM05@JUD11.FLCOURTS.ORG.  No hearing will be continued or re-set without the appropriate Motion for Continuance filed first. If one side objects to the continuance, a hearing will be held on the Motion for Continuance. No hearing will be canceled without Magistrate approval. Your filing of a Notice of Cancellation is insufficient.

All hearings before a General Magistrate are recorded electronically. The recordings are stored by a court reporter vendor.  Please contact Raul Mestril at 305-679-1689 to arrange obtaining a transcript. The cost of the transcript is your responsibility. 

Interpreters are not provided by the Court.   It is your responsibility to bring an interpreter to the hearing if you or your witness need one.  One will not be provided for you. Your interpreter must be a professional interpreter, not a friend or relative.

Prior to the hearing, you must provide a copy of each of your proposed exhibits to the opposing party. You must also contact your opposing party and attempt to stipulate to exhibits. An exhibit list must be prepared and filed in advance (48 hours) of the hearing date. Failure to do any of these things may result in your exhibit getting excluded from evidence. If necessary, a status conference may be held to determine the admissibility of your proposed exhibits in advance. You must schedule this status conference via CourtMAP. 

You must register your email address and physical mailing address with the Clerk of the Court in order to receive notices, reports, and orders. 

If your matter gets resolved, settled or dismissed, please notify the Magistrate immediately at 11THFCGM05@JUD11.FLCOURTS.ORGNo matter that has been resolved will be taken off-calendar without a copy of the appropriate ORDER OR SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT being provided via e-mail to the Magistrate. 

No hearing will be canceled without Magistrate approval. Your filing of a Notice of Cancellation is insufficient.


If requesting a transcript of the hearing that was recorded by Zoom please contact
Raul Mestril (305-679-1689) to arrange obtaining a transcript.  The cost of the transcript will be the responsibility of the party requesting it.

Children may not be brought to the courthouse or to the hearing without first obtaining a court order. 
In order to file a pleading or a motion, all attorneys and self-represented litigants must register at https://www.myflcourtaccess.com.
Self represented litigants can also find help at https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Family-Court-Self-Help-Program
You can contact the General Magistrate's office at 11thfcgm05@jud11.flcourts.org.

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Notice:

If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in a proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court’s ADA Coordinator, Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center, 175 NW 1st Ave., Suite 2400, Miami, FL 33128, Telephone (305) 349-7175; TDD (305) 349-7174, Fax (305) 349-7355, Email: ADA@jud11.flcourts.org at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.

Thank you for your patience. Stay safe

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