Judge Profile

Jeffrey R. Levenson

Judicial Experience:

  • 17th Judicial Circuit-Broward County Circuit Court

Part Rule:

  • Discovery

    1. Do you require counsel to certify that a good faith effort has been made to resolve the dispute? yes 2. What discovery problem occurs most frequently? M/Compet and M/Cont., due to the witnesses not showing up for depos. 3. What improvement(s) would you like to see made in the discovery process? same as above

  • Motion Practice: Motion Calendars

    If there is a time limit, please state the time allowed: N/A If hearings are cancelled by agreement of counsel, should your judicial assistant be notified? yes Which of the following motions are properly set on the motion calendar in your division? N/A


    Which motions are routinely heard only at specially set hearings? M/Compel; M/Term Prob.; 1st and Final VOP; Restitution Hrg.; Petition to Seal; M/Pay Cost; Demand for Speedy Trial; Change of Plea What is the procedure for allowing matters to be specially set? Contact Judicial Assistant 4. Do you prefer to receive memoranda in support of motions: With a courtesy copy of the notice of hearing? With a courtesy copy of Notice of Hearing With respect to routine matters (i.e., such as motions relating to the legal sufficiency of pleadings and discovery motions): Do you routinely expect the order to be prepared by attorneys? The Clerk does the order immediately after hearings.


    1. When should motions for continuances be heard? If in writing, by noon Wednesday prior to Calendar Call. Ore Tenus Motions will be entertained at Calendar Call 2. Which of the following factors do you consider important in determining whether to continue a trial? Counsel's conflict with other trials? yes Unavailability of a party? yes Unavailability of key expert witness? yes Unavailability of key fact witness? Unavailability of counsel: Due to vacation? Other personal reasons? yes Incomplete discovery? yes Discovery violations by party opposing continuance? The case is not that old, more discovery is needed and there have not been any prior continuances? yes I need a continuance, Judge, and this is the first time I've asked for one in this case? yes Other? Favorite/classic 3. When a case is on the trial calendar and is not reached: Is the case automatically carried over? To which calendar? Does the case need to be renoticed? Yes, in Court 4. Do you generally try the oldest cases first? yes 5. Do you specially set cases for trial? Occasionally 6. Do you routinely set pretrial conferences when no party requests one? 7. Do you require pre-trial stipulations? N/A 12. Written jury instructions: If the issues are covered by the Standard Jury Instructions, is it acceptable to submit just,the numbers of the requested instruction? yes When should the instructions be submitted? Before trial 13. Jury Selection: Describe the extent of involvement by the Court. Initial questions Are time limitations imposed on the parties? no Describe the method followed for the exercise of peremptory challenges (assuming no evidence of discrimination): Out of presence of jury 14.How long before trial must exhibits be displayed? N/A 15.Do you ordinarily impose time constraints on opening or closing arguments in jury trials? no


  • Carolynne Williams, Judicial Assistant