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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Judicial Section Details

Jennifer Azar

  • Division: County Criminal
  • Section: G
  • Court Location: Richard E. Gerstein Justice Bldg.
  • Address: 1351 N.W. 12th ST Miami, FL 33125
  • Phone: (305) 548-5237
  • Room: REG 505
  • Judicial Assistant: Narvaez, Indiana

 
Judge Jennifer Hochstadt Azar
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COURT JUDGE
CRIMINAL DIVISION G
COURTROOM 5-1, 5TH FLOOR
ZOOM MEETING ID NO. 937-1548-3929
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INFORMATION AND PROCEDURES
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Administrative Information

JUDICIAL ASSISTANT’S NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS:
Indiana Narvaez – inarvaez@jud11.flcourts.org
(If you email the judicial assistant, you must copy all counsel of record in the same email.)

BAILIFF’S NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS:
Ilon Fernandez – ifernandez@jud11.flcourts.org
(If you email the bailiff, you must copy all counsel of record in the same email.)

CHAMBERS INFORMATION:
Address: 1351 NW 12th Street, Room 505, Miami, Florida 33125
Telephone: 305-548-5237
Zoom Meeting ID: 937-1548-3929

CASES REQUIRING DEFENDANT APPEAR IN PERSON FOR FINGERPRINTS:
All adjudications (including reckless driving)
All petit theft charges (withholds or adjudications)
All probation offers
DUI breakdown to reckless driving reduced as a result of BOT completion
All DWLS charges (withholds or adjudications)

IF DEFENDANT IS TAKING A PLEA:
If the defendant is accepting a plea that includes incarceration and/or house arrest, the defendant and the defense attorney must appear in person.
A defendant can take a plea on Zoom so long as it is agreed to by both sides and the plea does not require fingerprints. If fingerprints are required (see above), then the defendant must appear in person, and the defense attorney may choose to appear on Zoom or in person.
A duly executed rights waiver form and authority to accept a plea in absentia must be filed in order for a defense attorney to accept a plea in absentia on behalf of the defendant. The waiver must include the rights the defendant waives and the deportation consequences as a result of taking the plea. The rights waiver must be signed by the defendant and notarized. If the defendant’s signature is an electronic signature, the notary should indicate on the waiver that the notary is permitted to conduct remote notarization or electronic signatures.

MOTION TO SET ASIDE BENCH WARRANT:
With the exception of unopposed motions filed within 60 days of a bench warrant issued at arraignment, all other motions to set aside bench warrants must be set for hearing and the defendant must appear in person. If there is a bond on the case that was estreated, the motion to set aside bench warrant must attach an affidavit from the bondsperson that the surety is willing to remain liable on the bond. Failure to do so will result in denial of the motion.

MOTION TO QUASH PROBATION VIOLATION WARRANT:
All such motions will be heard in person and the defendant must appear in person.

PROCEDURES FOR PLACING ANY MOTION ON CALENDAR:
After e-filing a motion with the Clerk’s Office, please contact the judicial assistant (via phone or email) to schedule the motion on the Court’s calendar. If you choose to email the judicial assistant to schedule the motion, please include a courtesy copy of the motion in your email and make sure to copy all counsel of record.
If you are not represented by an attorney, please contact our office (via phone or email) to schedule your request on the Court’s motion calendar.

STIPULATED or UNOPPOSED MOTIONS:
An order may be submitted to chambers titled Unopposed or Stipulated, as long as it is accompanied by the motion itself, a proposed order, and written proof indicating agreement by the parties.

MOTIONS REGARDING BOND OR PROBATION:
Motions to increase/reduce/revoke bond or motions to modify or terminate probation will typically require more than the five minutes allocated for motion calendar. Therefore, please e-mail a copy of the motion to the judicial assistant and copy opposing counsel. In your e-mail, please indicate the amount of time needed to address the motion.

IN-PERSON PROCEEDINGS:
All evidentiary proceedings and trials (bench and jury) are heard in person.
All probation violation hearings are held in person and the defendant must be present in person.
All fatality trials are held in person.




MOTIONS

CONFERRALS:
Prior to setting any motion for hearing, counsel for the movant shall confer (orally or in writing), or make a reasonable effort to confer (orally or in writing), with all parties who may be affected by the relief sought in the motion in a good faith effort to resolve by agreement the issues to be raised in the motion. Counsel conferring with movant’s counsel shall cooperate and act in good faith in attempting to resolve the dispute.
If, after conferring, certain issues have been resolved by agreement, the parties shall inform the Court of the issues so resolved and the issues that remain unresolved.

PRETRIAL MOTIONS & PRETRIAL CONFERENCES:
Motions to take deposition, motions in limine, and all other evidentiary motions (e.g., motions to suppress) must be submitted in writing and filed no later than five (5) business days prior to the scheduled trial date. If the non-movant chooses to respond in writing to the motion, responses shall be due no later than two (2) business days prior to the scheduled trial date.
Pretrial conferences may be held upon written request of either party. Courtesy copies of motions, responses, and any other relevant documents, case law particularly, must be emailed to the judicial assistant no later than 24 hours before the scheduled pretrial conference.
Boilerplate or “standard” motions in limine are discouraged.
Pretrial motions in limine and Daubert motions will be heard immediately prior to jury selection in the afternoon of the trial date.

MOTION FOR RETURN OF PROPERTY:
The defendant must file the original motion with the Clerk’s Office and provide a copy to the judicial assistant via e-mail, copying the assigned Assistant State Attorney, with a request for the motion to be set. It is the State’s responsibility to determine whether the arresting agency has an objection to the granting of the motion.
After filing the motion for return of property, the defendant must contact the judicial assistant to schedule the motion on calendar. Then, the defendant must file a notice of hearing indicating the date, time, physical address, and zoom meeting ID for the hearing date provided by the judicial assistant. At least ten (10) days prior to the hearing, the motion and notice of hearing must be served on the legal department for the agency holding the property as well as the State Attorney’s Office. Failure to provide notice to all interested parties will result in denial of the motion.

ALL OTHER MOTIONS:
Please contact the court’s judicial assistant to set any motions. Written motions must be emailed to the judicial assistant, who will reply with a hearing date. If you do not get a response within 24 hours, kindly contact our office via telephone or email the bailiff.

BACKUP JUDGE
Judge Lizzet Martinez serves as the backup Judge for Division G when Judge Azar is out of the office. Nevertheless, please contact Judge Azar’s Chambers first (305-548-5237) with any requests.
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Martinez, Lizzet D REG 610305-548-5197
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