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Third District Court of Appeal

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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.

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Students from Palmer Trinity School visit Oral Arguments
On November 13, 2018, students from Palmer Trinity School attended the Court's oral arguments session at Florida International University.
The panel, Judges Barbara Lagoa, Edwin A. Scales, III, and Norma S. Lindsey, met with the students after the oral arguments session.

Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission will conduct interviews for nominations to fill the vacancies resulting from the retirement of Chief Judge Leslie Rothenberg and Judge Richard Suarez.

Chief Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg's Last Day on the Third DCA Bench
On October 17, 2018, after 25 years of combined judicial service at the 11th Judicial Circuit and at the Third District Court of Appeal, Chief Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg presided over her last oral argument session with colleagues Judge Vance E. Salter and Judge Norma S. Lindsey, and was joined by her family to wish her well. Chief Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg will retire on December 31, 2018.

Third DCA Panel meets with LL.M. Students of FIU College of Law

Third DCA Panel meets with LL.M. Students of FIU College of Law
On October 16, 2018, after hearing oral arguments, Chief Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg and Judges Vance E. Salter and Norma S. Lindsey fielded questions from Antony Page, Dean of the College of Law at Florida International University, and a class of law students of the LL.M. Program that included lawyers from Brazil, Russia, India, Turkey, Poland, and the Dominican Republic. The conversation between judges and students continued during the lunch hosted by FIU.

Honorable Richard J. Suarez's Last Day on the Third DCA Bench

Honorable Richard J. Suarez's Last Day on the Third DCA Bench
After thirteen years of judicial service on the Third DCA Bench, on October 10, 2018, Judge Richard J. Suarez presided over his last oral arguments with colleagues Judge Kevin Emas and Judge Ivan F. Fernandez. 
Although Judge Richard Suarez heard his last oral arguments on October 10, 2018, he will remain an active member of the Court until his retirement on December 31, 2018.

Induction Ceremony

Induction Ceremony
On October 3, 2018, the Third District Court of Appeal hosted the Induction of Candidates for Admission to the Florida Bar at Florida International University
College of Law, Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall

Honorable Edwin A. Scales, III presides over Panel
Honorable Edwin A. Scales, III presides over Panel
On August 14, 2018, Third District Court of Appeal Judge and Key West resident, Ed Scales, presided over a panel of judges hearing oral arguments before the Court in Miami.
This is the first time in the Court’s 61-year history that a judge from Monroe County presides over oral arguments as the panel’s senior member.
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.

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