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Third District Court of Appeal

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ORAL ARGUMENTS on Monday, February 18, 2019, will be heard as scheduled at the FIU College of Law.
Closure of selected roads and parking lots will begin at 8:00 am, but Parking Lot #9 will remain open.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Clerk’s Office.

Judge Bronwyn C. Miller

Investiture of Judge Bronwyn C. Miller
On Friday, February 15, 2019, the Court held the Investiture of Judge Bronwyn C. Miller as the 40th member of the Third District Court of Appeal bench. The Honorable Leslie B. Rothenberg, Retired Judge, Third District Court of Appeal, administered The Oath of Office. The ceremony was followed by a reception hosted by the Dade County Bar Association.

Barbara Goleman High

Students from Barbara Goleman Senior High School visited Oral Arguments
On February 13, 2019, students from Barbara Goleman Senior High School, through the ABOTA Program, attended the Court's oral arguments session.
The panel, Judges Vance E. Salter, Bronwyn C. Miller and Mark King Leban, met with the students after the oral arguments session.

Judge Mark leban first OA 3DCA

On February 11, 2019, Senior Judge Mark King Leban of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, heard Third District Court of Appeal Oral Arguments with Chief Judge Kevin Emas and Judge Vance E. Salter.

The Bets of both. Electronic filling

Electronic filing through the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal: https://www.myflcourtaccess.com
Beginning on the evening of February 11, 2019, all electronic filings to the Third DCA must be submitted via the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal, https://myflcourtaccess.com. The transition from eDCA filing will occur after normal business hours on February 11, 2019. We apologize if there is a temporary interruption in service.
This change will allow electronic service when filing, submission of multiple documents at a time, and electronic payment of filing fees. eDCA will remain as the Third DCA's method for electronic service of outgoing filings, and it will also continue to provide electronic case access.
If your case has concluded, you do not need to do anything. For those with pending cases, you will need to register with the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal if you do not have an account already. The Portal service desk can be contacted at support@myflcourtaccess.com.
Please call the Clerk’s Office at (305) 229-3200, if you have questions or need assistance.

THIRD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL
JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION

Press Release issued concerning the vacancies in the Third District Court of Appeal resulting from the elevations of Justice Barbara Lagoa and Justice Robert J. Luck
Judge Robert J Luck
Judge Robert J. Luck appointed to the Florida Supreme Court
On January 14, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Judge Robert J. Luck as Justice to the Florida Supreme Court. This announcement was made at Scheck Hillel Community School in Miami, FL.
Congratulations Justice Luck!

Chief Judge Kevin J. Emas
Judge IIvan J. Fernandez

Honorable Kevin Emas named Chief Judge of the Third District Court of Appeal

On January 10, 2019, Judge Kevin Emas was unanimously elected by his peers as the nineteenth Chief Judge of the Third District Court of Appeal since the Court opened in 1957. Chief Judge Emas will serve in this capacity until June 30, 2021. As Chief Judge, he will be responsible for all administrative matters of the Court.

Also, by unanimous decision, Judge Ivan F. Fernandez was elected to serve as Chief Judge-Elect.

Judge Barbara Lagoa
Chief Judge Barbara Lagoa appointed to the Florida Supreme Court
January 9, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Chief Judge Barbara Lagoa as Justice to the Florida Supreme Court. This announcement was made at the historic Freedom Tower building in Miami, FL. Chief Judge Lagoa is the first female Cuban-American to hold this position and the first Third DCA judge to be appointed Justice to the Florida Supreme Court.
Congratulations Justice Lagoa!

New Oral Argument Schedule
Starting on January 7, 2019, the Court will hold oral argument either on Mondays and Wednesdays or on Wednesdays and Fridays at the FIU College of Law courtroom. This change in the Court’s regular oral argument schedule is a result of the unavailability of the FIU courtroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Although the number of oral argument days will be reduced from three to two, the number of cases initially set for the weekly oral argument calendar will remain unchanged. Lawyers and others appearing before the Court for oral argument therefore should anticipate and prepare for longer oral argument days. This schedule will remain in place until the completion of the Court’s construction project this spring.

The Court thanks the FIU College of Law for making its courtroom available during the construction project.

Oral Arguments at F.I.U.
As of November 6, 2017, Oral Arguments are being held at:
Florida International University
College of Law, Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
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Parking: metered parking is available in the Parking Garage and open lots.

Temporary Entrance to 3DCA:
Effective Monday, 12/18/17, the entrance to the courthouse is relocated to the East side of the property through Tamiami Park. Access this temporary entrance using the road off S.W. 117th Avenue between the batting cages and Coral Way. Signs have been posted along the way.

MAP to Temporary Access

Judge Barbara Lagoa
The Honorable Barbara Lagoa became Chief Judge
On January 1, 2019, Judge Barbara Lagoa became the eighteenth Chief Judge of the Third District Court of Appeal since the Court opened in 1957. Chief Judge Lagoa is the first Cuban-American female to hold this position. She will be responsible for all administrative matters of the Court.
Judge Eric Wm. Hendon
Judge Eric Wm. Hendon Appointed to the Third DCA Bench
On December 13, 2018, Governor Rick Scott appointed Judge Eric Wm. Hendon to the Third District Court of Appeal to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard J. Suarez.
Judge Hendon has served as a Circuit Judge at the 11th Judicial Circuit since 2012 and previously served as County Judge for Miami-Dade County.
Judge Bronwyn C. Miller
Judge Bronwyn C. Miller Appointed to the Third DCA Bench
On December 13, 2018, Governor Rick Scott appointed Judge Bronwyn C. Miller to the Third District Court of Appeal to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg.
Judge Miller has served as a Circuit Judge at the 11th Judicial Circuit since 2010 and previously served as County Judge for Miami-Dade County.
eDCA Update re Hyperlinking for Citations
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.

Barbara Goleman HighBarbara Goleman Senior High S. visited on Feb. 13, 2019

Christopher Columbus High School LogoChristopher Columbus High School visit on Dec.4, 2018

Miami Senior High School LogoMiami Senior High School visited on Sept. 18, 2018

Ransom Everglades School LogoRansom Everglades School visited on Mar 05, 2018

Miami Senior High School LogoMiami Senior High School visited on Feb. 06, 2018

American Senior High School LogoAmerican High School visited on Oct 03, 2017

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