Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Judicial Section Details

Chiaka Ihekwaba

  • Division: County Civil
  • Section: ND 05
  • Court Location: North Dade Justice Center
  • Address: 15555 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33160
  • Phone: (305) 354-8772
  • Room: NDJC-209
  • Judicial Assistant: Cordoba, Jaisel

Judicial Assignment History

County Judge: County Civil Division


Page updated on 7/21/2021

The court is using ZOOM as a platform for most hearings. You will receive a Zoom invite from the JA with your meeting information. If you do not wish to proceed or have resolved the issue, please contact Chambers as soon as possible.

CLAIMS OF EXEMPTIONS: Claims of Exemptions are considered an emergency matter and will be heard as soon as possible. If you file a claim of exemption, call chambers to confirm receipt. Claims of Exemptions will be heard on 15-minute increments special set calendar.PRE-TRIAL HEARINGS: PRETRIAL HEARING ZOOM ID:886 586 4580 Pre-Trial hearings will be heard as scheduled. Zoom invites will be sent to the Plaintiff prior to the hearing date and the zoom invite should be sent by the plaintiff to the Defendant.  If the Defendant is not notified of the Zoom instructions, the Pre-Trial hearing will have to be reset. The parties are not required to appear if a Stipulated Waiver of Appearance is filed.

RESET PRETRIALS: Beginning on June 28, 2021. Reset Pretrials meeting will be  886 586 4580.  

NOTE: In all PIP and Insurance cases. Please see Pretrial Conference tab for further instructions. 

EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS and NON- JURY TRIALS are moving forward. Please see ADMINISTRATIVE MEMORANDUM ON EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS DURING THE PANDEMIC in the documents tab listed below. Judge C. Ihekwaba Courtroom # is 2-9

Tuesday and Thursday morning's five-minute Motion Calendar consist of the following cases:

Motions to Compel Initial Discovery, Motions for Extension of Time, Motions to Quash, Motions to Reset Sale Date, Motions to Set Aside Default, Motions to Stay, Motions for Summary Judgment on Credit Card or Foreclosure Cases only, Motions to Transfer, and Motions to Withdraw. ANY MOTIONS REQUIRING MORE THAN 5 MINUTES MUST BE SET AS A SPECIAL SET. FOR INSTANCE, MOTION TO STRIKE or MOTION TO DISMISS IS A 30 MINUTES HEARING. 

 NOTE: Landlord\Tenant will not be heard on the 5 minutes motion calendar. Please email the Judicial Assistant at Jcordoba@jud11.flcourts.org to schedule a special set. 

STAFF CONTACT: JA Jaisel Cordoba and Bailiff Fredelyne Mertilus. Contact Chambers at 305-354-8772.
    • LL. B., University of Benin, Nigeria, 1986
    • LL. M., King’s College, London, U.K., 1991, Merit
    • JD, St. Thomas University School of Law, 2001
    • Admitted to Florida Bar, 2001
    • Assistant State Attorney, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, 2001 – 2020
    • County Court Judge, 2020
  • Motion Calendar
  • Special Sets
  • Proposed Orders
  • Agreed Orders
  • Emergency Motions
  • Pretrial Conference

Type: Open

Notice Before Hearing: 5 Business Days

Files at Hearing: None

Tuesday9:30 AM109/03/20 
Tuesday10:30 AM109/03/20 
Thursday9:30 AM109/03/20 
Thursday10:30 AM109/03/20 


5 Minute Motion Calendar and Special Sets (All Other Matters For Hearing)

Motions must be scheduled with courtMAP only.

If the parties cannot coordinate on the date and time of a hearing,  then both parties must be on the phone when calling the Judge’s Chambers. If the parties agree on a date and time then only one party needs to call to schedule the hearing.

The motion must take only 5 minutes of hearing time.  All motions must be uploaded to the eFiling System no later than (5) business days before the scheduled hearing. Only proposed orders and agreed orders are to be uploaded to CourtMAP All orders must be in Microsoft Word format.

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 call the Judicial Assistant without having the opposing party on the line.  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.


Cancellations shall be emailed to the JA  24 hours or faxed to 305-354-8729 prior to the scheduled hearing. Counsel shall also call the JA at (305) 354-8772 to confirm the cancellation.

Counsel must call the chambers regarding all motions to continue trial or strike trial dates even if agreed. The judge will review the motion and the JA will notify counsel of the Court’s determination.


All hearings are occurring via Zoom. If you want to appear via telephone, you can also dial-in to the Zoom hearing. The dial-in information will be included in the Zoom invite. 

NOTE: Landlord\Tenant will not be heard on the motion calendar, please email the Judicial Assistant
at jcordoba@jud11.flcourts.org to schedule a special set. 

Please note: Zoom will be sent a month  prior to hearing. If parties set a hearing after all zoom instructions for the month has been sent or If you have not received a zoom instruction 2 weeks prior to hearing, please email the Bailiff at Fmertilus@jud11.flcourts.org and the JA at Jcordoba@jud11.flcourts.org for the zoom meeting ID. 

To check on the status of case, please log on to: http://www2.miami-dadeclerk.com/civil/Search.aspx

This Section is now using courtMAP and document submissions are no longer available via eCourtesy.

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courtMAP combines eCourtesy with online scheduling, online notification/confirmation, and allows judges to create and e-File orders. courtMAP also allows parties to self-schedule their case events - motion calendar, special sets, and trials - and attach the documentation previously submitted via eCourtesy.

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