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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Judicial Section Details

Laura Shearon Cruz

  • Division: Circuit Criminal
  • Section: F051
  • Court Location: Richard E. Gerstein Justice Bldg.
  • Address: 1351 N.W. 12th ST Miami, FL 33125
  • Phone: (305) 548-5103
  • Email: F051@jud11.flcourts.org
  • Room: REG 405
  • Judicial Assistant: Godoy, Alejandra

Judicial Assignment History

 
Circuit Judge: Circuit Criminal Division

 

SPLIT DIVISION

Judge Cruz and Judge William Altfield split judicial responsibilities for Divisions 20 and 51 on a bi-weekly basis.

 In Division 20, Judge Cruz is assigned all odd numbered cases.

In Division 51, Judge Cruz is assigned all defendants whose last names begin with A - L.

Please see attached schedules above

 

CURRENT ZOOM INFORMATION

 Division 20 Court zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95989360021

Division 51 (ADC) Court zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95131277221

 JOIN BY PHONE DIAL US: +1 786 635 1003 

ALL ATTORNEYS may choose to appear either in person or on Zoom.

Each operating courtroom will continue to be staffed with an in person Assistant Public Defender, in addition to the judge, court clerk, bailiff, probation officer (optional) and correctional officer(s).

Inmates will be brought to court only for hearings, trials, and very few pleas only with the judge’s express approval.

If an inmate was not transported but wishes to accept a plea that will result in release from custody, Corrections will bring them on Zoom on a staggered basis.

As of this date, all other normal court operations will remain unchanged.

 

PLACING CASES ON CALENDAR

To place a case on Judge Cruz's calendar, please email your request and copy of the motion to Agodoy@jud11.flcourts.org. All parties to the case must be included in the email. Upon review of the motion, the Judicial Assistant will contact the moving party via email to confirm a hearing date. Please DO NOT send emails to the division email for requests to set a hearing.

 
     
      Education:
    • Bachelor of Arts, Tulane University
    • Juris Doctorate, Tulane University
      Professional Experience:
    • Circuit Court Judge, 2019 – Present
    • County Court Judge, 2018 – 2019
    • Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, 2007 – 2010; 2015 – 2018
    • Rothman & Associates, P.A. 2013 – 2014
    • Wicker Smith, 2010 – 2012
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