Sunday, January 24, 2021

Judicial Section Details

Deborah Nabat Frankel

  • Division: Circuit Family Matters (General Magistrates)
  • Section: 01
  • Court Location: Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse
  • Address: 175 N.W. 1st AVE Miami, FL 33128
  • Phone: (305) 349-5712
  • Room: CHC 1626
  • Judicial Assistant: Alvarez, Vanessa

Judicial Assignment History

General Magistrate: Circuit Family Matters (General Magistrates)


Due to the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, courthouses are closed for in-person hearings and trials, based on public health advisories at the direction of the Florida Supreme Court.

A hearing in your case will be held remotely via the ZOOM platform.  This is FREE to you.  You will receive an email from the Court with the information you need to connect to the virtual hearing.  To participate by video, you must click on the weblink you receive in the email invitation.  You do not need to download anything or set up an account in order for you to participate in the Zoom hearing.  You must provide a valid and current email address so that we can email you the invitation link.

ZOOM has free training on its website.


To appear through Zoom, the Attorney, Litigant or Witness must have a computer, laptop, cell phone or iPad with a camera.  As well, all Zoom hearings will need to be held in a quiet setting without any other person or animal present so that the only person to be heard is the Attorney, Litigant or Witness. This includes electronic devices such as television or radios.

Any evidence which is sought to be admitted must be sent to the other party or counsel and to the General Magistrates office via email to 11THFCGM01@JUD11.FLCOURTS.ORG at least 48 hours prior to hearing.  If the documents come into evidence during the hearing, they will be printed and stamped and filed with the clerks as done in an in-person hearing.

In order to file a pleading or a motion, all attorneys and self-represented litigants must register at https://www.myflcourtaccess.comSelf represented litigants can also find help at https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Family-Court-Self-Help-Program.


This Division now uses courtMap, but only for the purposes of scheduling hearings.  Do not send proposed Reports through courtMap.  If there are two attorneys you MUST agree to the date and time prior to scheduling

Visit courtMap at:  http://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Programs-and-Services/Online-Servies/courtmap


Notices of Cancellation will not cancel a hearing. 

Any requests for a hearing to be cancelled for the following reasons:  Motion for Continuance, Notice of Withdrawal of Motions, Voluntary Dismissals, Settlement Agreements and Agreed Orders to Judge must be sent to the General Magistrate in accordance with the paragraphs below.  A hearing is not continued/cancelled until the assistant confirms cancellation.


If an Agreement is reached, a copy of the filed Agreement must be provided to the General Magistrate via email to 11THFCGM01@JUD11.FLCOURTS.ORG and then the hearing will be cancelled if all issues referred to the General Magistrate have been resolved.

All Motions for Continuance of matters scheduled before the General Magistrate shall be filed with the Court and emailed to 11THFCGM01@JUD11.FLCOURTS.ORG for review by the General Magistrate prior to the scheduled hearing.  If both parties agree to the continuance, an Unopposed or Agreed Motion for Continuance can be filed, courtesy copy provided to the General Magistrate, the hearing will be continued, and a new hearing date will be given. 

If one side objects to the continuance, a telephonic hearing will be scheduled before the General Magistrate and the motion will be heard. 

Agreed Orders, Voluntary Dismissals and Notice of Withdrawals

Shall be sent to the General Magistrate via email to 11THFCGM01@JUD11.FLCOURTS.ORG so the matter can be taken off the calendar and referral closed.


Motion must be sent to the General Magistrate via email to 11THFCGM01@JUD11.FLC

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