COVID-19 Updates:

In response to COVID-19, the 15th Judicial Circuit entered the following Administrative Orders:

  • NEW (as of 3/18/20) Administrative Order 12.510 – 03/2020 – In Re: Mitigating Measures in Response to COVID-19.  View the revised Administrative Order 12.510 – 03/2020 here.
  • 15th Judicial Circuit PRESS RELEASE – March 18, 2020.  View the Press Release here.
  • The Supreme Court of Florida Administrative Order, No. AOSC20-15 – In Re: COVID-19 RE: COVID-19 ESSENTIAL AND CRITICAL TRIAL COURT PROCEEDINGS (3/17/20).  View Administrative Order No. AOSC20-15 here.
  • Administrative Order 12.510 – 03/2020 – In Re: Mitigating Measures in Response to COVID-19.  View Administrative Order 12.510 – 03/2020 here.
  • Administrative Order 12.511 – 03/2020 – In Re: Restricting Certain Visitors to the Courthouses.  View Administrative Order 12.511 – 03/2020 here.
  • Please see each Judge’s divisional instructions (links below) for updates as to each division.  If you still have further questions, please contact the Judicial Assistant.
  • For additional Court updates concerning COVID-19, please visit the 15th Judicial Circuit’s website: https://www.15thcircuit.com

MISSION

The Unified Family Practice Committee works to initiate and consider suggestions to improve the practice of marital and family law in the 15th Circuit.  Members of the bench and bar, along with key court personnel from Court Operations, the Clerk’s Office and the Court ADR office, meet bi-monthly to address how this can be done as issues are brought to the Committee’s attention. In addition, the Committee maintains this webpage, reviews and assists in the drafting of Administrative Orders, submits occasional articles in the Bar Bulletin, contributes ideas for the annual Bench-Bar Conference, provides substantive and procedural information to our members, and keeps members posted on various matters of interest, running the gamut from legislation to CLEs, on both the State and local levels, as well as other activities in the legal community about which they should be aware. The Committee welcomes new members.


Chair(s)

J. Harley Toufanian – (561) 628.6455 | htoufanian@toufanianlaw.com

Jared Chaykin- (561) 515-5655 | jared@chaykinlaw.com

Committees are a great way to get involved with your local bar association, network with your colleagues and become a leader in your legal community.


Committee Meetings & Agendas

The Unified Family Practice Committee meetings are held in the Judicial Dining Room at the Palm Beach County Courthouse. Meetings generally last one hour and include lunch for committee members who RSVP. Dial-in is available for members who cannot attend in person.  All interested attorneys, Judges, Magistrates, and court staff are encouraged to attend.  If you are not a member and plan on attending an upcoming meeting, please e-mail one of the co-chairs to RSVP.

All meetings are held from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Judicial Conference Room of the Main Courthouse



Judges & Magistrates

Please refer to each division’s page for suspension dates or call the hotline at (561) 355-6860

MAIN BRANCH FAMILY DIVISION JUDGES/MAGISTRATES UMCs
FA Judge Maxine Cheesman
Divisional Instructions
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.
Set through online scheduling HERE
FC Judge Renatha S. Francis
Divisional Instructions
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.
Set through online scheduling HERE
FD Judge Sarah Willis
Divisional Instructions
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.
Set through online scheduling HERE
Male party’s last naem begins with: A-K Magistrate Damary Stokes
Divisional Instructions
Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Set through online scheduling HERE
Male party’s last naem begins with: L-Z Magistrate Maxine Williams
Divisional Instructions
Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.
Set through online scheduling HERE
(DOR matters) Male party’s last name begins with A-K Magistrate Judette N. Fanelli
Divisional Instructions
No UMC hearings in this division
(DOR matters) Male party’s last name begins with L-Z Magistrate James B. Williams, Jr.
Divisional Instructions
No UMC hearings in this division
NORTH COUNTY
COURTHOUSE
FAMILY DIVISION JUDGES/MAGISTRATES UMCs
FJ Judge Scott Suskauer
Divisional Instructions
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, &
Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.
FI Judge Karen Miller
Divisional Instructions
Tuesdays, Wednesdays &
Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
FH Judge Dina Keever-Agrama
Divisional Instructions
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m
Male party’s last
name begins with
A-K
Magistrate Diane Kirigin
Divisional Instructions
Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. to
9:30 a.m
Male party’s last
name begins with
L-Z
Magistrate Thomas Baker
Divisional Instructions
Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. to
9:30 a.m.
SOUTH COUNTY
COURTHOUSE
FAMILY DIVISION JUDGE/MAGISTRATES UMCs
FY Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer
Divisional Instructions
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.
Set through online scheduling HERE
FX Judge Charles Burton
Divisional Instructions
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Set through online scheduling HERE
FZ Judge Jessica Ticktin
Divisional Instructions
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Set through online scheduling HERE
Male party’s last
name begins with
A-K
Magistrate Peter Bassaline
Divisional Instructions
Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Male party’s last
name begins with
L-Z
Magistrate Temi Zeitenberg
Divisional Instructions
Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Set through online scheduling HERE
WEST COUNTY
COURTHOUSE
FAMILY DIVISION JUDGE/MAGISTRATES UMCs
FW Judge Sherri L. Collins
Divisional Instructions
Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.
Set through online scheduling HERE

2020 Court Holidays

Day Date Holiday
Wednesday 1-Jan-20 New Year’s Day
Monday 20-Jan-20 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
Monday 17-Feb-20 No Court Events
Friday 10-Apr-20 Good Friday
Monday 25-May-20 Memorial Day
Friday 3-Jul-20 Independence Day
Monday 7-Sep-20 Labor Day
Monday 28-Sep-20 Yom Kippur
Monday 12-Oct-20 No Court Events
Wednesday 11-Nov-20 Veteran’s Day (observed)
Thursday 26-Nov-20 Thanksgiving Day
Friday 27-Nov-20 Friday after Thanksgiving
Thursday 24-Dec-20 Christmas Eve
Friday 25-Dec-20 Christmas Day



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