Office Hours: Monday – Friday between 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Judicial Assistant: Michelle Franco: phone number: 305-569-2543 or e-mail: email@example.com
Bailiff: Justin Tejera: phone number: 305-569-4227 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Web Page for
all administrative orders, circuit / courthouse updates, official forms, and
other information. The Court strongly recommends that all parties sign up for
Courts e-Portal. You can also sign up for Text
Alerts for hearing notifications and access courtMAP.
** PLEASE CHECK YOUR NOTICE TO SEE IF THE HEARING IS BY ZOOM OR IN PERSON. IF YOUR NOTICE SAYS TO APPEAR IN PERSON (GENERALLY THOSE HEARINGS LISTED BELOW IN DIVISION PROCEDURES), THEN YOU MUST APPEAR IN PERSON.**
INSTRUCTIONS FOR JUDGE JANOWITZ (No participant ID or
link to Virtual Courtroom: https://zoom.us/my/judgejanowitz (no capital letters) or https://zoom.us/j/7335823029
Zoom Account: Use meeting ID 733 582 3029
1-786-635-1003 and enter meeting ID 7335823029#
Small Claims Pre-Trial Conference Waivers are to be submitted as Agreed
Orders via courtMAP. FOR INSURANCE CASES, do not submit orders waiving small claims pretrial conferences or invoking the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure as that has been done by Administrative Order 21-10 A1 (which amends AO21-10).
2) All ex-parte motions to compel (including
both discovery and attorney fee order compliance) MUST
COMPLY WITH Administrative Order 06-09 ( Ex-Parte Motions to Compel Discovery), including the requirement of waiting seven (7) days.
Additionally, motions MUST reflect
the date discovery was served (date or docket #), and when the motion to compel
was filed (date or docket #). The Court will not include sanctions on an
ex-parte motion to compel (expenses, attorney's fees, or waiver of
non-privilege objections) - those require a hearing on a motion to compel.
3) Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your scheduled hearing time.
4) If you
need an interpreter, you must call the judge’s chambers as soon as possible. Si
necesita un intérprete, tiene que llamar a la oficina de la jueza lo mas pronto
5) No orders will be signed unless the corresponding motion is docketed by the
Clerk (default final judgments, motions for final judgment in garnishments,
etc.) or unless the time-stamped filed documents are submitted via courtMAP.
6) Video appearance is required for any Zoom participant giving testimony.
7) Motions to Disqualify must follow the procedures set out in the Administrative Memorandum on Motions to Disqualify.
8) Do not submit proposed orders granting good cause due to record activity if the case has received a lack of prosecution notice and hearing. The Court shall review the cases days before the hearing to enter the appropriate order. If the Court does grant good cause, the scheduled lack of prosecution hearing is considered cancelled. You must still attend the hearing if the Court has not entered a good cause order. Determinations of good cause for lack of prosecution outside of record activity (other than follow up on prior court orders or requests for service enlargement) will be made at the hearing.
9) While most hearings will be conducted via Zoom, the following hearings will be conducted in person absent an order from the Court:
* Small Claims Pre Trial Conferences
* Calendar Calls for Jury Trials
* Evidentiary Hearings (other than attorney's fees)
* Trials (Both Jury and Non-Jury)
10) Please be mindful that county civil is implementing Uniform Case Reporting as required by the Florida Supreme Court. Sometime in September 2022, please be prepared to submit orders in compliance with AO22-02 (Inclusion of Docket Index Numbers or Identifiers on Proposed Orders and Notices of Hearings)
11) If you are a self-represented litigant please view the following: Videos to Assist Litigants Representing Themselves in Court
12) Summary Judgment motions (even if multiple) should not be set for more than a 30 minute hearing
Notice Before Hearing:
5 Business Days
Files at Hearing:
Motion Calendar is for motions that take no more than 5 minutes to complete (including argument by all parties and ruling by the Court). This means no more than 3 short motions. DO NOT SCHEDULE MULTIPLE BLOCKS AND NO ADD-ONS.
All motions must be filed and docketed before setting on the Judge’s calendar. To schedule a hearing you must coordinate with opposing counsel and set via courtMap.
All in-person hearings are held in courtroom 1-2 at the Coral Gables Courthouse. All Zoom special set hearings are attended using the following information: https://zoom.us/my/judgejanowitz or https://zoom.us/j/7335823029
Meeting ID: 733 582 3029
PARTIES MUST SUBMIT ALL MATERIALS VIA COURTMAP SO THE COURT MAY REVIEW THE MATERIALS BEFOREHAND. If the hearing is a hearing regarding discovery responses, both the questions and answers should be provided to the Court.
Hard-copies should not be submitted to the Court as the Court reviews all materials electronically. Copies of statutes (particularly annotated versions) should not be submitted. Case law should be highlighted for relevant portions.
The setting party must provide Notice of Hearing with instructions on how to appear using Zoom to the opposing party when scheduling a hearing and must file the notice with the Clerk. The NOH automatically generated by courtMAP is not sufficient as it will not reflect the Zoom meeting information.
A party may request to set a matter unilaterally only if reasonable attempts to reach the opposing party have been unsuccessful and the opposing party has been given reasonable opportunity to respond. After receiving a date and time for a unilaterally set hearing, the notice must include the language that undersigned set this matter unilaterally after good faith efforts to reach the opposing party were unsuccessful.
If the opposing party is not represented and counsel lacks contact information for the unrepresented party, you may set the case through courtMAP. If counsel has a phone number or email for the opposing party, counsel must follow the procedure outlined above for unilaterally setting hearing after a reasonable attempt to communicate regarding the hearing.