Judicial Assistant – Luis Padron Guzman LPadronguzman@jud11.flcourts.org
CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DIVISION M88 COURTROOM PROCEDURES
Motion Calendar Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.
To request a hearing for a non-emergency motion that can be heard in five
minutes or less, please email Judicial Assistant Luis Padron Guzman LPadronguzman@jud11.flcourts.org to
request a hearing date. Please copy opposing counsel on the email and
attach the Motion and a proposed Order, in Microsoft Word format. You
will receive a response confirming the date on which your motion is set.
Special Set Evidentiary Motions
To request a hearing on a motion that will require more than 5 minutes, please
email Judicial Assistant Luis Padron Guzman LPadronguzman@jud11.flcourts.org to request a hearing date. Please copy opposing counsel on the email and
attach the Motion. Please include the following information with your
request for a special set date: The sounding and trial date currently set,
whether the defendant is in physical custody, whether speedy trial has been
waived, how many witnesses will be called, and how much time you are requesting
the court to reserve for the motion.
CIVIL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
DIVISION 51 COURTROOM PROCEDURES
You will receive a Notice of Hearing either by personal service
or in the mail.
PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS ON YOUR NOTICE OF
HEARING, WHICH STATE whether your hearing is IN PERSON at the Lawson E.
Thomas Courthouse, OR on the ZOOM* video conferencing application.
ZOOM - You should send any evidence you intend to present during the ZOOM
hearing via email to DV51@jud11.flcourts.org at least two business days
prior to your hearing date. Please
include your case number in the subject line of this email.
IN PERSON – You should bring with you to the courthouse, any evidence you
intend to present during the hearing.
If either party has an essential witness that has direct personal knowledge of
the allegations in the petition, the court will make a determination regarding
the necessity of the witness' testimony and may continue the case if the
witness is not available.
Children are NOT permitted to testify UNLESS a motion is filed pursuant to
Fla.Fam.L.R.P.12.407, and an order allowing the testimony is granted, prior to
Any pre-trial motions may be filed with the Domestic Violence Clerk of Courts,
via email at DVMotions@jud11.flcourts.org or via fax to (305)349-5559,
prior to the hearing date. Please include your case number in the subject
line of this email.
Respondent Firearm Affidavit
(Firearm Affidavit form)
Respondents must fill out a Firearm Affidavit form describing any and all
firearms and ammunition in their possession, and email the form to LPadronguzman@jud11.flcourts.org and to the Clerk at DVMotions@jud11.flcourts.org. Please include your case
number and your name in the subject line of the email. The link to the Firearm
Affidavit is on this webpage.
Timesharing and Visitation of
Children (Acknowledgment of Paternity)
Any father seeking an order for temporary visitation, who has not had paternity
legally established or who was not married to the child’s mother at the time of
the child’s birth, must fill out an Acknowledgment of Paternity form and email
the form to the clerk at DVMotions@jud11.flcourts.org and to the case manager at MPasternack@jud11.flcourts.org. Please
include your case number and your name in the subject line of the email.
The link to the Acknowledgment of Paternity form is on this webpage.
Temporary Support (Short Form
In cases where temporary support issues have been alleged in the pleadings,
both parties must fill out a Short Form Financial Affidavit and email the form
to the case manager at MPasternack@jud11.flcourts.org.
Please include your case number and your name in the subject line of the email.
The link to the Short Form Financial Affidavit is on this webpage.
ZOOM Video Attendance –
If you do not have access to video conference, there are computers in the courthouse
you may use to attend your hearing via zoom.
Please contact Judge’s chambers, at least two business days prior to your
hearing date to advise that you will be utilizing one of the courthouse
*To access and use ZOOM please visit: www.zoom.us
*ZOOM is a free video conferencing platform where all participants in a
hearing, including the Judge, parties, and attorneys, are able to connect and
communicate in real time utilizing audio and video on t
Judge Elisabeth Espinosa Contact Information Judicial Assistant – Luis Padron Guzman LPadronguzman@jud11.flcourts.org
Chambers Phone: 305-349-5700
Please be aware that certain items are prohibited on courthouse premises. If any listed prohibited item is detected to be in your possession when entering a court facility, you will be asked to exit the facility to secure the item elsewhere or dispose of it, before being allowed entry into the facility.