Friday, September 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)


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

As per the most recent Administrative Order, hearings will be held in-person. Other than for the reasons discussed below, your hearing will be held live, in person, in the courthouse, Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

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.

If all parties agree to convert an in-person hearing into a Zoom hearing, a written request must be emailed to 11thfcgm06@jud11.flcourts.org.  The email must contain the request, the agreement, and the reasons why the hearing should be held via Zoom. It is ultimately up to the Magistrate to decide whether the hearing shall be converted from in-person to Zoom. You are to presume it is an in-person hearing until you hear otherwise from the Magistrate's office.

This Division uses courtMAP.  Hearings must be scheduled through courtMAP, supporting documents may be uploaded via courtMap, and proposed Reports of General Magistrate must be submitted through courtMap.  Visit courtMap here:  https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Programs-and-Services/Online-Services/courtmap.

If you do not schedule your hearing within 15 days of the entry of the Order of Referral, the hearing will be scheduled unilaterally, without coordination with you, by the division.

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.  

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.com.  Self represented litigants can also find help at https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Family-Court-Self-Help-Program. 

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 hearing will be held on the Motion for Continuance. 

If your matter gets resolved, settled or dismissed, please notify the Magistrate immediately at 11THFCGM06@JUD11.FLCOURTS.ORG.  No 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.

Thank you for your patience. Stay safe. 

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