CHIEF JUDGE ANNOUNCES MAGISTRATE ASSIGNMENTS

The Chief Judge has announced the following Magistrate assignments:

Effective June 30, 2022
Magistrate Thomas Baker
Main Courthouse
Divisional Caseload: All DOR cases
Hearing Room 6G
Assistant, Nicole Karlecke: 561-355-4200

Magistrate Judette Fanelli
North County Courthouse
Divisional Caseload: All Post-judgment matters in Division FH and odd case numbers in
Division FJ; Mental Health (Marchman/Baker Acts)
Hearing Room 1418
Assistant, Cathy Solis: 561-624-6681

Effective July 11, 2022
Magistrate Ilana Marcus
Main Courthouse
Divisional Caseload: All non-DOR post-judgment matters in Division FD and even case
numbers in FC
Hearing Room 6I
Assistant, Felicia McCurdy: 561-355-3379

REORGANIZATION OF PROBATE/GUARDIANSHIP DIVISIONS

The reorganization of the Probate/Guardianship Divisions will commence on July 5. The following is a summary of the reorganization plan:

  •  A new Probate/Guardianship Division – Division IA – will be created.
  • Judge Johnson, in the Main Courthouse, will be assigned to Divisions IA, IH, II, IJ, IB, and ID. Overtime, Divisions IH, II, IJ, IB and ID will be closed and those cases will be reassigned to IA.
  • Judge Burton, in South County, will be assigned Divisions IC, IY, IX, and IZ. Overtime, Divisions IC, IY and IX will be closed and those cases will be reassigned to Division IZ.
  • The reassignment of cases to Divisions IA and IZ will not be immediate. A phased approach will be implemented.
  • If you have a case in a Division other than IA or IZ, you will still be able to schedule hearings in your assigned Division through OLS. If your case is already set for a hearing, it will be scheduled for the same date and time in the new division, unless you receive a notice rescheduling the hearing. Please verify the ZOOM link for any scheduled hearing by reviewing the Divisional website. Once your case is reassigned, OLS scheduling will be through either Division IA or Division IZ.
  • Please wait until after July 5th to contact the new probate divisions.

Continue to monitor the Circuit website, and individual Divisional Instructions, for additional information. If you have urgent questions, you may e-mail: CAD-Probateinquiry@pbcgov.org.

JUDGE MARK W. KLINGENSMITH BECOMES FOURTH DCA CHIEF JUDGE

On June 10, 2022, Judge Mark W. Klingensmith began his service as Chief Judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, succeeding Judge Burton C. Conner.  As Chief Judge, Judge Klingensmith will oversee all administrative matters of the court including budgeting, scheduling, and bench-bar relations.

Judge Klingensmith has served on Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal since his appointment in 2013.  Before his elevation to the appeals court, he was a Circuit Court judge in the 19th Judicial Circuit. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Klingensmith practiced civil litigation in private practice for 25 years and was board certified in Civil Trial Practice by the Florida Bar in 2001.  In 2008 he was elected Commissioner for the Town of Sewall’s Point, FL, and served terms as Vice Mayor and Mayor.

Judge Klingensmith received his B.A. degree in 1982, and his J.D. degree in 1985, both from the University of Florida. He received his LL.M. degree in Judicial Studies from Duke University in 2016.