Sunday, January 24, 2021

Judicial Section Details

Gina Mendez-Locke

  • Division: Circuit Family Matters (General Magistrates)
  • Section: 06
  • Court Location: Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse
  • Address: 175 N.W. 1st AVE Miami, FL 33128
  • Phone: (305) 349-5710
  • Room: CHC 1718
  • Judicial Assistant: Morin, Charlene

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. 


It is the responsibility of the attorneys and parties to have an INTERPRETER present at the Zoom hearing. An interpreter will not be provided for you. Only one interpreter per hearing is required.

Video appearance is required for any participant whose testimony is necessary so that the oath can be administered. 

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. 

All parties and counsel who seek to introduce an exhibit at any hearing must comply with the Administrative Order regarding the introduction and use of exhibits. Accordingly, exhibits must be marked, filed, and must appear on the docket prior to the hearing in accordance with the Administrative Order. Do not email any exhibits to the General Magistrate prior to the hearing. Parties must attempt to stipulate to exhibits prior to the hearing. A status conference can be held prior to the hearing to determine admissibility of exhibits, if necessary.  

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 11THFCGM06@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 telephonic hearing will be held on the Motion for Continuance. 

If your matter gets resolved, please notify us at 11THFCGM06@JUD11.FLCOURTS.ORG.  No matter that has been resolved will be taken off-calendar without a copy of the appropriate AGREED ORDER OR SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT being provided via e-mail to the Magistrate.

This Division now uses courtMAP, but only for the purpose of scheduling hearings and submitting supporting documents to the Magistrate.  Do not send proposed Reports through courtMAP.  Visit courtMap here:  https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Programs-and-Services/Online-Services/courtmap

To schedule a special set hearing:

*Select the date from the Magistrate's Special Set calendar availability (found on courtMap). 
*Submit your supporting documents (filed motion, etc.) when creating the event (setting the hearing) on courtMAP.  Once a green "Success" message appears, your hearing has made the calendar. The movant and the parties listed on the service list will receive an email from courtMAP indicating that an event has been created. If a notice of hearing is not automatically generated, the movant must e-file a notice of hearing via the e-portal system. Once a hearing is scheduled, users will be able to access Zoom directly from courtMAP by clicking on “join zoom meeting” on the date/time of the hearing. 

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.

No hearing will be canceled without Magistrate approval.

Thank you for your patience. Stay safe. 

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