Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Judicial Section Details

Yvonne Colodny

  • Division: Circuit Probate
  • Section: PMH 05
  • Court Location: Dade County Courthouse
  • Address: 73 West Flagler ST Miami, FL 33130
  • Phone: (305) 349-7117
  • Room: DCC 310
  • Judicial Assistant: Sanders, Nekeisha

Judicial Assignment History

Administrative Judge: Circuit Probate Division


Nikki Sanders, JA (nsanders@jud11.flcourts.org)
Jose Benitez, Bailiff (jbenitez@jud11.flcourts.org)


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 note:  Division 05 does not have a Motion Calendar, all hearings are set in the Special Set folder.  Please follow the rubric below to determine which calendar type in-person or Virtual/Zoom is appropriate.

5 – 10 minute motions shall be conducted by Zoom (only the judge can change the format).
All non-evidentiary hearing less than 30 minutes will be conducted by Zoom, unless all parties wish to have the hearing held in-person AND the Judge agrees.

All evidentiary hearings and Bench Trials will be conducted in-person, unless all parties wish to have the hearing held on Zoom AND the Judge agrees.

All Jury Trials will be conducted in-person.

When parties agree to change hearing type:
            1.  Parties shall e-file a Notice of Agreement to the docket
            2.  Submit a proposed order changing presumption to the Judges Agreed Order folder on courtMAP, with the Notice of Agreement uploaded as a supporting document.
            3.  Court will enter order either granting or denying change of hearing type.

Zoom Hearings:
Please download the Zoom application, which you may use for free, at https://zoom.us/.  
Once your request for a hearing via Zoom is received and approved, you will receive an Outlook invitation for your scheduled hearing.  Please do not call the Judicial Assistant. This information will be sent to you automatically.  If you do not receive an invitation for the hearing via Outlook within 24 hours prior to your hearing start time, do contact chambers.
Store the link provided in the invitation on your computer calendar and log in at the appointed time.  You must also share the link with your clients, opposing counsel, or any interested parties who do not appear on the service list.
You may appear telephonically or via video on Zoom.
If you are aware that an interested party, or someone who is required to appear does not have access to necessary technologies, please cancel the hearing so necessary arrangements can be made for that interested party.
You are expected and required to observe proper decorum and procedure as in any other court appearance.

Evidentiary Hearings via Zoom
All parties must follow the Administrative Memorandum, dated June 28, 2021, for INTRODUCTION OF EVIDENCE IN REMOTE VIRTUAL EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS.


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

Do not e-file unsigned proposed orders.

Most proposed orders with required supporting documents should be submitted under this tab.  The case manager will review your submission for accuracy and legal sufficiency, and either reject your submission if it fails review or forward it to the judge for signature.

If the matter has been heard by the court, include the words “Post Hearing” in the title of your proposed order.  That signals to the case manager that the court has considered and ruled upon any issues during the hearing.

Generally, agreed orders are those resulting from adverse parties coming to a concurrence about a particular issue.  “Agreed” does not mean that all parties on one side of an issue have concurred.  An example would be when all beneficiaries agree to a particular matter.  Even when that occurs, your proposed order must be submitted under the proposed order tab for case manager review.  Only submit agreed orders meeting this definition under the Agreed Order tab.

Your petitions and supporting documents must be filed and appear on the docket prior to submitting any proposed orders.  You must either set the matter for hearing if need be, or submit your petitions, supporting documents and proposed orders via courtMap.

Procedures for Service of Motions to Disqualify on the Judiciary-Administrative Memorandum


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