Friday, September 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)


Zoom hearings continue to be held although courthouses are now open for in-person hearings and trials, based on public health advisories at the direction of the Florida Supreme Court. 

Masks are required in the courtrooms for any in-person hearings.

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, Monday through Friday, from 8:30AM to 9:00AM.

Any hearing already scheduled and noticed as a Zoom hearing remains a Zoom hearing and will be conducted on Zoom. 

When setting a hearing you may select a Zoom or in-person hearing in our division.

Any evidence which is sought to be admitted must be sent to the other party or counsel and to the 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.


This Division uses courtMap.  Hearings must be scheduled through courtMAP.  If there are two attorneys you MUST agree to the date and time prior to scheduling.  Should you need a hearing in excess of 3 hours, please contact the Magistrates assistant.  Also, proposed Reports of General Magistrate must be submitted through courtMap.

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

If you do not schedule your hearing within 30 days of the entry of the Order of Referral to General Magistrate, the referral will be unilaterally set by the Magistrates office.

If you do not schedule your hearing within 15 days of the entry of the Order of Referral to Hearing Officer, the referral will be unilaterally set by the Magistrates office.

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

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.


No hearing will be canceled without Magistrate approval. Your filing of a Notice of Cancellation is insufficient and 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 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 Magistrate via email to 11THFCGM01@JUD11.FLCOURTS.ORG and then the hearing will be cancelled if all issues referred to the Magistrate have been resolved.

All Motions for Continuance of matters scheduled before the  Magistrate must be heard by the Magistrate.  All Motions for Continuance must be filed with the Court and emailed to 11THFCGM01@JUD11.FLCOURTS.ORG for review by the 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 Magistrate, the hearing will be continued, and a new hearing date will be given. 

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