Judge Profile

Karen Miller

Judicial Experience:

  • Judge, 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida (January 01, 2003)

Part Rule:

  • Criminal

    1. Do your require suppression hearings in advance of trial or may they be heard at beginning of trial? Yes - must be heard before trial. 2. Do you accept a plea at docket call or require specially set hearings? No docket call. Call J.A. for plea conference date. 3. Which motions can be heard at 8:30 a.m. hearings? Bond Hearings? yes Sworn Motion to Dismiss? no Evidentiary Hearings? no Other? Motion to Compel - yes Discovery Hearing - yes 4. What is your policy on work release and house arrest? On per case basis. 5. Do you require judgment and sentence forms to be filled out by the attorney in advance of pleas conference? yes 6. Special requests. Will you give more than one-hour notice for trial on special request? yes Under what circumstances? per case basis. 7. If a case is settled, what procedure should be followed to advise your office? Set for Plea Conference. 8. Do you require Defendant to be personally present at calendar call or may the attorney appear alone? All parties must be present to state conflicts. 9. (Circuit Court) What is the policy for allowing felonies to be pled to misdemeanor? State Attorney's decision 10.(County Court) Do you defer sentences on DUI pleas until completion of AIDE school? N/A

  • Discovery

    1. Do you require counsel to certify that a good faith effort has been made to resolve discovery disputes before motions are brought before you? yes 2. Do you consider motions to compel responses to written discovery where no response or objections whatsoever has been received or filed without the necessity of a hearing? yes 3. Do you have any standard limitations or procedures reguarding discovery matters not addressed by the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure? no

  • Motion Practice

    1. Do you allow hearings by conference call? No 2. Do you have a standard order for scheduling and conducting specially set hearings? Yes 3. Do you allow specially set hearings to be canceled by agreement of counsel? Yes, but only if matter is completely resolved or perfunctory. 4. What is the maximum amount of time you allow for a specially set hearing without requiring the hearing to be placed on a non-jury docket? 30 minutes. 5. What is the procedure for allowing matters to be set?Call Judicial Assistant and obtain three dates and times. Always coordinate with opposing counsel to agree on a date and call Judicial Assistant to set. 6. Do you prefer to receive memoranda in support/opposition to motions in advance of a hearing or at the hearing? Yes How far in advance? No more than seven days before hearing. Attorneys should reference hearing date and time on memoranda cover letter. With a courtesy copy of the Notice/Order Setting Hearing? Yes 7. Do you have any preference regarding the presentation of proposed orders for specially set hearings? Use Criminal cover sheet and always include self-addressed, stamped envelopes. 8. What is the procedure for scheduling emergency motions?Send motion to Judge. She will review to determine if it is, in fact, an emergency. If it is an emergency, Judicial Assistant will call with hearing date. 9. What is the procedure for scheduling hearings on motions for temporary injunctions? Send motion to Judge. She will review to determine if it is, in fact, an emergency. If it is an emergency, Judicial Assistant will call with hearing date. 10.What is the procedure for scheduling hearings on motions for rehearing or new trials? Send in motions. Judge will issue order granting or denying.

  • Trial-Related Matters

    1. Continuance of trials When should motions for continuance be heard? At 8:30 a.m. hearings. Which of the following factors are important to determining whether to continue a trial? a. Parties Stipulate? yes b. Counsel's conflict with other trials yes c. Unavailability of a party? yes d. Unavailability of key expert witness? yes e. Unavailability of key fact witness? yes f. Incomplete discovery? yes g. Discovery violation by party opposing continuance? yes h. Vacations of counsel? yes. Only pre-paid vacations. i. Others? 2. When a case on the calendar is not reached: What is the procedure to get back on calendar? Case will be reset on next available docket. If the case automatically carried over? yes If so, is it to the next calendar or the next available calendar? Next available. Are pretrial deadlines automatically extended? yes Does the case need to be renoticed? no 3. How much notice do you give to counsel to begin trial after docket has commenced? 1 hour call 4. Do you specially set cases for trial and if so, under what circumstances? yes 5. Do you generally try the oldest case first? yes 6.Do you use the uniform "Order Setting Trial" and pretrial instructions? yes 7. What witnesses must be disclosed pursuant to you Pretrial Orders? Impeachment? yes Rebuttal? yes 8. Do you have any special rules and procedures for marking evidence prior to trial? Yes. Information on pre-trial orders. 9. Do you utilize a written trial conflict form for docket call? yes 10. Under what circumstances do you transfer cases over to the Trial Division? If the judge has a two-or three-day trial available for trial division to hear.


  • Celanne Ziegler, Judicial Assistant