Last updated: September 27, 2013
Fort Lauderdale is just one city out of many in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. The 17th Circuit covers all of Broward County and only Broward County. These are the state trial courts that hear most civil cases, criminal felony cases, and appeals from Broward County Court.
The Broward County Court is located in Ft. Lauderdale’s Judicial Complex, which also hosts the main courthouse for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court. The county courts hear civil, criminal misdemeanor, and traffic cases. For more information on the Broward County Court, visit the Clerk of the Courts website. The site identifies frequently asked questions on a wide range of topics including: jury service, citations, parking/code enforcement, marriages and other licenses, forms, and records. Fort Lauderdale also has a federal building and courthouse nearby.
The court provides a link for a map and directions to the North Regional Courthouse. The parking lot may be temporarily full during peak hours. Some visitors have to park as far as two blocks away. Also, as with many courthouses, be prepared for long wait times.
The court provides a link for a map and directions to the West Regional Courthouse. Also, there is a bus terminal at the nearby corner of Broward Blvd. and Pine Island Rd. Visitors note that parking in the nearest lot can be difficult. They suggest that you save a headache by parking at the structure adjacent to the library or north of the court near the bus terminal.
The court provides a link for a map and directions to the South Regional Courthouse.
The court’s website provides a map, directions, and parking information. The parking information is directed primarily at jurors, but there is information about parking structures for non-jurors, as well.
In the event of a hurricane, tropical storm, or other hazardous weather, the courts will be closed. The official policy is: If Broward County schools are closed, the courts will be closed. For school closure information see the following resources: