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Third District Court of Appeal

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Court News

Chief Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg

Chief Judge Richard J. Suarez with the unveiling of his portrait

Passing the Gavel Ceremony
On July 7, 2017, at the Florida International University College of Law, the Court held the Passing the Gavel Ceremony to honor outgoing Chief Judge Richard J. Suarez and new Chief Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg.
During the ceremony, the Court honored former Chief Judge Richard J. Suarez with the unveiling of his portrait. Family, friends, and colleagues applauded as the artist, Jeffrey Bass, revealed the portrait. Judge Suarez's portrait, like those of other former Chief Judges of the Court, will be displayed in the courtroom at the Third District Court of Appeal.
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Oral Arguments at the 16th Judicial Circuit.
On June 9, 2017, two panels heard Oral Arguments at the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit in Key West, Florida. Chief Judge Richard J. Suarez presided the first panel along with Judges Ivan Fernandez and Edwin Scales, and the second panel with Judges Barbara Lagoa and Ivan Fernandez.
Judge Lindsey
Judge Norma Lindsey Appointed to the Third DCA Bench
On May 26, 2017, Governor Rick Scott appointed Judge Norma S. Lindsey to the Third District Court of Appeal to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Linda Ann Wells.
Since 2011, Judge Lindsey has been serving as a Circuit Judge at the 11th Judicial Circuit and previously served as a County Judge for Miami-Dade County.
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Brownsville Middle School Visits the Court
On May 23, 2017, Brownsville Middle School visited the Court and held mock oral arguments as part of the American Bar Association Law Day celebration.  Chief Judge Richard J. Suarez and Judge Robert Luck welcomed the students and participated in the mock court proceedings

WLRN covered the visit.

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Historical Society Biennial Luncheon with the Judges
On Friday, May 19, 2017, the Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society held its 2017 Members Only Biennial Luncheon with the Judges at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida.  http://thirddcahistoricalsociety.org
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Investiture of Judge Robert J. Luck
On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Court held the Investiture of Judge Robert J. Luck as the 37th member of the Third District Court of Appeal bench. The ceremony was followed by a reception hosted by the Dade County Bar Association.

Induction Ceremony
On May 1, 2017, the Third District Court of Appeal will host the Spring Ceremony for the Induction of Candidates for Admission to the Florida Bar.

Directions to the Courthouse.

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Nominees for Judicial Vacancy at the Third District Court of Appeal Announced by JNC

On March 31, 2017, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Third District Court of Appeal certified to Governor Rick Scott a list of six nominees to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of The Honorable Linda Ann Wells.

List of nominees
Judge Luck
Judge Robert J. Luck Appointed to the Third DCA Bench
On February 8, 2017, Governor Rick Scott appointed Judge Robert J. Luck to the Third District Court of Appeal to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Frank A. Shepherd.
Judge Luck has served as a Circuit Judge at the 11th Judicial Circuit since 2013 and previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Chief at the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Florida.
Judge Wells
Judge Linda Ann Wells retired from the Third DCA
On March 31, 2017, Judge Linda Ann Wells retired from the Third District Court of Appeal after serving the Court for 14 years and the State of Florida for a total of 18 years. On January 27, 2017, the Court celebrated her retirement. The Dade County Bar Association and the Third DCA Historical Society hosted a reception in her honor after the ceremony.
eDCA Update re Hyperlinking for Citations
Administrative Order OASC16-83 IN RE: EMERGENCY REQUEST TO EXTEND TIME PERIODS UNDER ALL FLORIDA RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR THE THIRD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL.
EMERGENCY REQUEST TO EXTEND TIME PERIODS UNDER ALL FLORIDA RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA, THE FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL, THE SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL, THE THIRD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL, THE FOURTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL, AND THE FIFTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL.
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ABOTA's program with the Third District Court of Appeal
ABOTA strives to educate and inspire students to have knowledge of and respect for the United States Constitution, our system of justice and the value of an independent judiciary.  To promote interest in law and civics education, ABOTA provides students and teachers with court visits, presentations, roundtables and workshops, such as the current programs with the Third District Court of Appeal, James Otis Lecture presentation for high school students, and the Teachers Law School for public school teachers. Through these efforts, ABOTA aims to provide teachers and students with a better understanding and appreciation of the Seventh Amendment right to a civil jury trial.

Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial High School LogoLaw Enforcement Ofc. H.S.visited on Mar 15, 2017

Our Lady of Lourdes Academy H.S. LogoOur Lady of Lourdes H.S.visited on Mar 13, 2017

Ransom Everglades School LogoRansom Everglades School visited on Mar 06, 2017

Hialeah Educational Academy H.S. LogoHialeah Educational Academy visited on Jan. 10, 2017

South Dade Senior High School LogoSouth Dade Senior H.S. visited on Dec 07, 2016

Palmer Trinity School LogoPalmer Trinity High School visited on Dec. 06, 2016

Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial High School LogoLaw Enforcement Ofc. H.S.visited on Nov 16, 2016

Miami Senior High School LogoMiami Senior High School visited on Oct. 19, 2016

John A. Ferguson Senior High School Logo
John A. Ferguson Senior H.S. visited on Mar 14, 2016

South Dade Senior High School Logo
South Dade Senior H.S. visited on Mar 09, 2016

Ransom Everglades School Logo
Ransom Everglades School visited on Feb 29, 2016

Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial High School LogoLaw Enforcement Ofc. H.S.visited on Feb 10, 2016

American Senior High School LogoAmerican High School visited on Jan 13, 2016


Important Notice To Litigants Regarding Oral Argument.
Administrative Order 3D13-06—Re:  NOTICE OF SIMILAR OR RELATED CASE.
eDCA

eDCA User Guide

Administrative Order 3D13-01—Re:  Agreed Extensions of Time for Filing Briefs in Certain Appeals.
Photograph of Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society
was created to continue to commemorate and memorialize the history of the Court.

Mission Statement and New Member/Renewal Enrollment Form
Third District Court of Appeal 50th Anniversary Book