Thursday, September 16, 2021

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


Important Notices Re: Court Closure; Submission of Original Notes; and Submission of Evidence

Courthouse is closed.  Most court proceedings will continue to take place remotely, via Zoom.  Jury trials will continue but will be held at other courthouses, specific details will be provided when case is called to trial.      

Submission of Original Notes:    DO NOT FILE OR DELIVER ORIGINAL LOAN DOCUMENTS UNTIL I SPECIFICALLY INSTRUCT YOU TO DO SO.   If motion is granted the Final Judgment together with the original note/loan documents, copies of FJ, stamped, addressed envelopes and check for Clerk, are to be delivered to my attention at 175 NW 1st Avenue, 11th Floor, Miami, FL  33128. Use delivery with tracking. 

Submission of Evidence:  At least five business days prior to the evidentiary hearing/non-jury 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.

3. Upload the Exhibit List and each exhibit separately via courtMap to the hearing/trial event.  The list and each exhibit must be properly named when uploaded for ease of reference.  


  • 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
Arzola, Antonio CA 24 DCC 1017305-349-7069
Bailey, D Jennifer CA 03 CHC 1751305-349-7152
Butchko, Beatrice CA 22 DCC 400305-349-7082
Thomas, William CA 20, CA 44 DCC 1307305-349-7140
  • 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 


All hearings shall be held remotely using the Zoom platform, via video or phone conference, at no cost to you.  Prior to the hearing you will receive an email from the Court with the information you need to connect.  You do not need to set up an account with Zoom in order for you to participate in a hearing utilizing the Zoom platform.

NOTE:  The above is simply a way to connect and proceed remotely with a hearing that has already been properly scheduled.   You must still comply with the instructions set forth below to make calendar.


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. 

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.

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." 

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

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. 

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

courtMAP is a new online Management and Access Platform built upon technology infrastructure from Broward’s Court Management System.

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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