Judge Profile

Geoffrey D. Cohen

Judicial Experience:

  • 17th Judicial Circuit-Broward County Circuit Court

Part Rule:


  • Childrens' Issues

    1. Does court require court approval concerning best interest of child: Before bringing child to court? Yes, pursuant to Rule 12.407, Family Law Rules, but same is freely given when necessary or appropriate. 2. How does court determine appointment of court appointed professional? N/A 3. Does court have a criteria before GAL Program will be utilized? financial insolvency or financial indigency to pay? Will appoint GAL where financial insolvency or indigency established or ability to pay for services unclear. Alleged sex abuse Yes Alleged physical abuse Yes Alleged parental abuse Yes

  • Discovery

    1. What discovery problem occurs most frequently? Failure to timely provide discovery, and address of witnesses. 2. What suggestions do you have for improvement(s) re: discovery process? 3. Do you use special masters for complex discovery hearings? No 4. Have you used special masters for matters other than discovery? No

  • Motion Practice: Motion Calendars

    1. If there is a time limit please state the time allowed: I sit in a specialifd criminal division hearing felony domestic violence cases - it is a component of the Unified Family Court. Time per motion Approximately 5 minutes per motion 2. Do you consider motion calendar to be filled when a certain number of motions are received? Yes If so, do you advise attorneys sending in motions after that point? All motions are scheduled to be heard on specific days - all set through judicial assistant - motion calendar does not operate as in civil division 3. What documents/motions need to be attached to notice of hearing? Notice on Motion 4. Are uncontested final hearings set on motion calendar? Not applicable. 5. Do you permit hearings by conference call? Yes Under what circumstances? various What procedure should be followed? Contact judicial assistant 6. Who should be contacted concerning questions about motion calendar? Judicial Assistant Patricia McGee 954-831-7823 7. What hearings may be cancelled by agreement of counsel?all Should your judicial assistant be notified? always 8. Which of the following motions are properly set on the motion calendar in your division? Motion to quash service Yes Motion to consolidate Yes Discovery-related motions Yes Motion for continuance or special trial setting Yes Motion for appointment of experts/guardian ad litems Motion to set or reduce bond; attorney's motion to withdrawal; changes of plea; motion to modify or terminat probation and community control; motion to modify conditions of pretrial release; motion to withdraw capias/warrant; first hearing violation of probation/community control; motion for return of property.

  • TRIAL RELATED MATTERS

    1. Continuances of Trials When should motions for continuances be heard? Well in advance of calendar call or at calender call If matter is set before general master should hearing be set before general master? Not applicble 2. When a case is on the trial calendar and is not reached by court: Is the case automatically carried over? No To which calendar? Reset by court clerk to next available docket court continuance taken 3. If not reached because of unavailability of counsel or client? Will court automatically reset the case? No. A continuance should be sought Does the case need to be renoticed by court? 4. Which cases do you try first? Oldest cases in custody cases, and cases in which a demand for or notice of expiration of speedy trial is pending. 5. Do you specially set cases for trial? Yes When noticed for trial? At calendar call? Yes and upon motion 6. Do you routinely set pretrial or case management conferences when no party requests one? If so, under what circumstance? No If a party requests a conference, when should that be set?Prior to calendar cal 7. On contested matters, do you require pretrial statement?Not applicable If joint stipulations are required,how many days before the trial are they to be filed? Are unilateral statements acceptable? What information do you require in a pretrial statement? 8. Have you had jury trials on paternity or spousal torts ?Not applicable 9. When should the written jury instructions be submitted?In criminal cases, after commencement of trial and well before final argument. 10. Jury Selection: Describe the extent of involvement by the Court. The court will initially examine the venire with respect to biographical matters. Are time limitations imposed on the parties? No Describe the method followed for the exercise of peremptory challenges (assuming no evidence of discrimination) Outside presence of prospective jurors, each party must exercise at least 1 peremptory challenge per round or accept the panel. 11. In non-jury cases, are there time limits routinely imposed on opening or closing arguments. Opening? no Closing? no

Staff:

  • Trish McGee, Judicial Assistant