Thursday, September 28, 2023

Judicial Section Details

Bertila Soto

  • Division: Circuit Probate
  • Section: PMH 03
  • Court Location: Dade County Courthouse
  • Address: 73 West Flagler ST Miami, FL 33130
  • Phone: (305) 349-7086
  • Room: DCC 311
  • Judicial Assistant: De Paul, Maritza

Judicial Assignment History

Circuit Judge: Circuit Probate Division
Circuit Judge: Circuit Probate Division
Chief Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida: Circuit Family Division
Administrative Judge: Circuit Unified Family Court Division
Chief Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida: Circuit Family Division
Administrative Judge: Circuit Criminal Division


Coronavirus/COVID-19:   Courthouses are closed for in-person hearings and trials based on public health advisories at the direction of the Florida Supreme Court.  Changes to this directive will be announced when applicable. 

We have transitioned to Virtual Courtrooms to meet the present needs.  Court hearings will take place by video using the Zoom platform or by phone conference.  You will receive an email from the Court with the information  needed to connect.  To participate by video, you must click on the weblink you received in the email invitation at the scheduled time for your hearing.  If you cannot, or do not wish to participate using the Zoom platform, you may call the phone number listed in the invitation to participate by phone.  You may familiarize yourself with the Zoom platform online.  There is no costs to you to download the platform if you choose to do so however you do not need to download anything or set up an account in order to participate in a zoom hearing.

If you would like to schedule an in-person hearing, please call chambers (305)349-7086 and the judicial assistant will help you schedule the hearing. 

Video appearance is required for any participant whose testimony is necessary so the judge can administer the oath.



As of September 1, 2020, filings of petitions with proposed orders in CourtMap must include established checklist certification forms as supporting documents with your submissions.   A list of existing checklists can be found on our circuit website in the Probate Corner, along with the corresponding Administrative Memorandum.  See https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Probate-Checklists. This procedure has been enacted to prevent frequently defective submissions and the resulting repeated rejections which cause unnecessary labor by the court.

The checklist certification forms must be filed through the e-filing portal and also uploaded as a supporting document to the petition through CourtMap. Failure to include the checklist certification form will result in summary rejection of your submission. 

Please be aware that the checklist contains a certification of compliance which must be signed by the lawyer.  If you cannot certify compliance with the requirements listed on the checklist, set the matter for a special set hearing. Call chambers if you have any questions related to this matter. Read the certification carefully.  You will be held accountable under the law if the court finds that your certification was inaccurate.

Please remember that supporting documents must be uploaded to CourtMAP at least 48  hours once your hearing request is approved.  If supporting documents is not uploaded or hard copies not received within 5 days of the hearing, your hearing is submit to cancellation.  Please do not email your documents to the judicial assistant.  If you resolve your matter, please cancel the hearing in CourtMAP.  If you do not have access to CourtMAP, cancel the hearing by emailing Maritza De Paul, the judicial assistant at mpaul@jud11.flcourts.org

  • Bachelor of Science, Florida International University, 1986
  • JD, University of Miami, 1989
  • Admitted to Florida Bar, 1989
  • County Court Judge, 1997
  • Previous Division - County/Domestic Violence
  • Osvaldo N. Soto and Associates, 1992-1996
  • Assistant State Attorney, 1989-1992
Eig, Spencer PMH 04 DCC 309305-349-7105

  • Proposed Orders
  • Notices for Trial
  • Special Sets
  • Emergency Petitions

As of March 16, 2020, all proposed orders must be submitted via courtMap.
Supporting documents (i.e.: petitions, motions, checklist, affidavits, cover letters, etc.) must always be submitted in support of your proposed order. 
If you are submitting a proposed order after a hearing, you must submit a cover letter that includes the hearing details and the Court's oral ruling. 
When submitting your proposed order, the title of the order must be typed in the title box provided by courtMAP.

*NOTE: courtMAP automatically adds the case style, order title, judge's signature block and the “Done and Ordered” language to the order.  
*Do not submit proposed orders on matters that are contested and/or already set for hearing.

To check the status of a proposed order
Please log on to courtMAP and access the workbench folder.  A list of all pending, approved and rejected submissions appear in the workbench folder. 

Please note that if a case has been dismissed or closed due to inactivity, pleadings needed to administer the Estate must be filed contemporaneously with the filing of a Petition to Reopen the case.  

Below is the link to all the training videos for courtMAP: 

No walk in's motions/pleadings and proposed orders are allowed

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