Judge Profile

John J. Murphy

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? Incorrect addresses provided for witnesses

  • Motion Practice: Motion Calendars

    If there is a time limit, please state the time allowed: Per side 5 min. Per case 10 min. How many cases are allowed before the motion calendar is filled: varies Under what circumstances can cases be added to a filled motion calendar? When emergency exists What procedure should be followed? File written motion and request emergency hearing Do you allow hearings by conference call? no If hearings are cancelled by agreement of counsel, should your judicial assistant be notified? yes


    Which motions are routinely heard only at specially set hearings? Any hearing more than 10 minutes to conduct What is the procedure for allowing matters to be specially set? Call Judicial Assistant Do you prefer to receive memoranda in support of motions: With a courtesy copy of the notice of hearing? yes 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? Yes with approval from opposing counsel How soon after the hearing should the order be submitted? a.s.a.p. Should the order be submitted directly to chambers or to the Clerk of the Court? chamber Do you expect the attorney drafting the order to read or provide the proposed order to other counsel before submitting the order? yes


    When should motions for continuances be heard? At lendar call or at scheduled 5 min. hearings or written motions submitted timely Which of the following factors do you consider important in determining whether to continue a trial? Counsel's conflict with other trials Unavailability of a party Unavailability of key expert witness Unavailability of key fact witness yes Unavailability of counsel: yes Due to vacation yes Other personal reasons yes Incomplete discovery yes Discovery violations by party opposing continuance yes The case is not that old, more discovery is needed and there have not been any prior continuances? I need a continuance, Judge, and this is the first time I've asked for one in this case? Other Favorite/classic When a case is on the trial calendar and is not reached: Is the case automatically carried over? yes To which calendar? Next available Does the case need to be renoticed? Do you generally try the oldest cases first? yes Do you specially set cases for trial? yes Do you routinely set pretrial conferences when no party requests one? no Do you require pre-trial stipulations? no 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? no When should the instructions be submitted? Prior to or shortly after start of trial Jury Selection: Describe the extent of involvement by the Court. Introductory comments and standard written questions Are time limitations imposed on the parties? no Describe the method followed for the exercise of peremptory challenges (assuming no evidence of discrimination): Alternate between state and defense How long before trial must exhibits be displayed? At trial Do you ordinarily impose time constraints on opening or closing arguments in jury trials? yes If yes, how long for: Dependant upon the nature and length of trial Do you ordinarily impose time constraints on opening or closing arguments in non-jury trials? no


  • Margaret Sullivan, Judicial Assistant