Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit will host Family Pro Se Day on Saturday, December 11, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Main Broward County Courthouse. A pilot program, Family Pro Se Day will give roughly 400 Broward County citizens their day in court, to take care of uncontested divorces and name changes. Judges, Court Administration, Clerk of Courts and Broward Sheriff’s Office staff will all be on hand to ensure litigants have their cases heard, ruled upon, and finalized all on the same day.
Family Pro Se Day is intended as a public service to pro se litigants by having court on Saturday so many don’t have to take time off during the Monday through Friday work week to go to court. Participants who park in the east county parking garage will have their tickets validated in the courthouse.
Chief Judge Tobin, Unified Family Court Administrative Judge Greenhawt, and Trial Court Administrator Carol Lee Ortman, collaborated together to bring the idea of this program to fruition. Depending on the success of the first Family Pro Se Day, the Circuit may schedule similar events in the future.
ABOUT THE SEVENTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA
The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit serves the citizens of Broward County, Florida, and is the second-largest circuit in the state of Florida. Utilizing a total of 90 judges, located in one main courthouse and three satellite courthouses, the circuit and county judiciary hear an average of 50,000 cases per year. Judge Victor Tobin is Chief Judge and Carol Lee Ortman is Trial Court Administrator.
Contact: Meredith Bush, Communication Specialist
Phone: (954) 831-7559