Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Judicial Section Details

Barbara Areces

  • Division: Circuit Civil
  • Section: CA 23
  • Court Location: Dade County Courthouse
  • Address: 73 West Flagler ST Miami, FL 33130
  • Phone: (305) 349-7044
  • Room: DCC 243
  • Judicial Assistant: Penichet, Millie
  • Bailiff: Hernandez, Hugo

Judicial Assignment History

Circuit Judge: Circuit Civil Division


Updated:  April 17, 2023

Settlements:  As soon as a case settles, please send the Notice of Settlement or the Notice of Voluntary Dismissal to chambers via fax (305) 349-7125 or via email 11thCA23@jud11.flcourts.orgDo NOT use the fax or email for any other purpose, unless specifically instructed to do so.  All other submissions to the Court must be via courtMap.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  Emails sent that are not in accordance with these instructions will be deleted without a reply.   Calls to chambers are welcome. 

Zoom vs. Live Hearings/Trials:   Most court proceedings will continue to take place remotely, via Zoom.  Trials and live evidentiary hearings will take place in Courtroom 2-1 of the Dade County Courthouse.   When requesting a special set hearing, parties have the option to request live or via zoom.    

Submission of Original Notes:    DO NOT FILE OR DELIVER ORIGINAL LOAN DOCUMENTS UNTIL I SPECIFICALLY INSTRUCT YOU TO DO SO.   If Motion for Summary Judgment is granted, you have two options:

1. Deliver to chambers only the original note and mortgage, and upload the Final Judgment to courtMap, proposed orders.  However, all Defendants not on the courtMap service email list must be added to the service list with their street address.

2. Deliver the Final Judgment together with the original note/loan documents, copies of FJ, stamped, addressed envelopes and check for Clerk, to chambers. 

Submission of Evidence for Zoom Hearings and Zoom Trials:  At least five business days prior to the hearing or trial, each side must:
1. Mark the first page of each document it intends to introduce into evidence.  (Plaintiff with numbers/Defendant with letters.)

2. Submit to the e-Portal, in the manner detailed below, an Exhibit List, containing the exhibit number/letter, with the corresponding brief description of the exhibit, and all exhibits separately. 

          To Submit:    a.  Go to the eFiling Portal;

                               b.  Click on "File Pleading in Existing Case;"

                               c.  Enter Case Number;

                               d.  Once case populates, go to the documents tab, click "Add;"

                               e.  Once Search Bar appears, type "EVIDENCE" and hit "Enter;"

                               f.   Check Off "Evidence Submission," then hit "Browse" which allows you to select the respective document to be uploaded; and

                               g.  Click "Save." 

By submitting the documents as indicated above, they go into a separate Evidence Queue that allows the Clerk to access evidence submitted on a particular case.  EACH EXHIBIT MUST BE SUBMITTED SEPARATELY.    DO NOT COMBINE DOCUMENTS THAT MAY NEED TO BE INTRODUCED SEPARATELY.

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Florida International University, 1982
  • JD, University of Miami, 1987
  • Admitted to Florida Bar, 1988
  • Private Practice, 1988 - 2004
  • Circuit Court Judge, 2005 - Present
Butchko, Beatrice CA 22 DCC 400305-349-7082
Guzman, Carlos CA 04 DCC 412305-349-7101
Lopez, Carlos CA 11 DCC 414305-349-7131
Rodriguez, M Jose CA 15, CA 46, CA 42 DCC 405305-349-7109
Emergencies between December 16th and December 24th will be handled by either Judge Carlos Guzman or Judge Lisa Walsh.  Staff will be working remotely between December 19th and December 31st. 
  • Motion Calendar
  • Special Sets
  • Emergency Motions
  • Proposed Orders
  • Notices for Trial

Type: Closed

Notice Before Hearing: 7 Business Days

Files at Hearing: None

Wednesday9:00 AM309/01/18 
Thursday9:00 AM304/25/17 

Updated:  February 16, 2023

Motion Calendar Days/Time/Location:   Wednesdays and Thursdays remotely via Zoom.  Motion Calendar hearings are limited to 5 minutes per case.  The courtMap system allows two (2) motions per case.  Parties on the service list will receive an email from the Court with the information you need to connect to the hearing.  Zoom link information is no longer available online.  It is the responsibility of counsel to provide the Zoom link to anyone not on the service list. 

To Make Calendar:   Select available date and time via courtMap.  The filed motion(s) and all documents in support must be attached when the hearing is scheduled. Once a green "Success" message appears, the hearing has made calendar.  You must still prepare, file and serve a Notice of Hearing.   If the motion(s) are not uploaded to the courtMap hearing event, the hearing will be cancelled. 

Responses:  Submit the filed Response, if any, via courtMap to the "Motion Calendar" case number and hearing date, prior to the hearing date.

Unilateral Settings:  Parties may unilaterally set hearings on motion calendar if reasonable attempts have been made to coordinate the hearing to no avail.  

Cancellations:   The party that noticed the hearing may cancel via courtMap after it files its Notice of Cancellation.  The Notice of Cancellation must specify the reason for the cancellation. 

Motions for Rehearing, Reconsideration, New Trial, and other post-trial motions (excluding entitlement to fees and costs): These motions will not be heard on motion calendar.  Submit the motion with a proposed order via courtMap to "Proposed Orders." 

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