As a voter in Miami-Dade County, you most likely take an interest in the election of your senators, representatives, commissioners, and other types of politicians.
But your life is much more likely to be impacted by a judge than any of these politicians!
County court deals with cases in both civil and criminal divisions, and is often referred to as “The People’s Court” because so much of the court’s work involves everyday citizen disputes, including:
- Traffic offenses, including DUI;
- Criminal matters (misdemeanors) punishable up to a year in jail;
- Civil matters and lawsuits involving $15,000 or less;
- Landlord/tenant disputes;
- Domestic violence and restraining order hearings;
- Slip and fall cases.
Since people often come to county court “pro se”—that is, unrepresented, without a lawyer—the legal process can feel daunting and intimidating. County judges must therefore be patient and empathetic, providing guidance while remaining true to the law.
In Miami-Dade County you have the power to elect the judges who impact the lives of you and your family.
Miami-Dade County Court has very busy court dockets, and so our judges must control heavy case loads while ensuring fair access to the process. Judges must also manage cases effectively once they have started, helping to make cases proceed as quickly and efficiently as possible. This includes:
- Encouraging ethical cooperation between the parties;
- Facilitating alternative dispute resolution, if appropriate, and;
- Controlling the progress of the case.
As a citizen of Miami-Dade County, you should choose a judicial candidate with proven experience in handling the challenges of a busy docket.