The Story Of Our Success


November 3, 2020

Elected – Public Defender

Gordon Weekes - Public Defender


January 5, 2021

Investiture Ceremony

Surrounded by friends, family and the support of the community Gordon Weekes took the oath of office and assumed the role of Public Defender in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Broward County, Florida, during a global pandemic. His first task was to guide the transition of the Law Office of the Public Defender from a virtual court process to an in-person judicial process that protected and ensured the Constitutional safeguards of indigent clients.

Gordon Weekes Investiture Ceremony

May 2021

Juvenile Civil Citation Program – Memorialized and Implemented

The Juvenile Civil Citation Program is a statewide civil alternative to the formal arrest and criminal prosecution of youth 17 years of age or under who commit program eligible misdemeanor offenses. This alternative to arrest is designed to immediately address the behavior while assessing for needs, linkage to appropriate interventions and holding the youth accountable. The intended outcomes are to prevent further acts of delinquency by appropriately addressing the behavior without creating a criminal record or requiring court intervention. The statute directs each jurisdiction to formally establish a Juvenile Civil Citation Program and law enforcement to issue a civil citation in lieu of an arrest.

The program’s requirements will include, but not be limited to, the completion of community service hours, payment of restitution, if applicable, and intervention services indicated by a needs assessment.

The purpose of the Broward County Circuit 17 Juvenile Civil Citation Program is to provide an efficient and innovative alternative to arrests of all juveniles who commit misdemeanor offenses. The consistent and equitable use of civil citation program has a positive effect on the entire Juvenile Justice System and contributes to an overall reduction in the crime and recidivism rates, interagency cooperation and increases public safety for the whole of Broward County.

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May 2021

Juvenile Civil Citation Program

Resolution No.: 2021

Board of the County Commissioners of Broward County

Resolution on Support and Participation

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June 2021

Adopted the Juvenile Civil Citation Program by the Circuit


Administrative Order 2021-28-Ufc

The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Juvenile Civil Citation Program is hereby established.

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August 2021

Revised Veterans Treatment Court

Administrative Order 2021-40-Crim

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October 2021

Adopted and Revised Mental Health Court

Hope, Healing and Help

Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Felony Mental Health Court

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Adopted and Revised Mental Health Court Signing Ceremony


January 2022

Joint Opinion Editorial South Florida Sun Sentinel

Low pay is keeping lawyers from public service

Harold F. Pryor and Gordon Weekes

Op Ed – Sun Sentinel
newspaper article

February 2022

New Bond Schedule

Administrative Order 2022-11-Crim.

This is the first step in Cash Bail Reform for this community that will hopefully help level the playing field for the less affluent in Broward. The new schedule specifies the less affluent must be treated equitably and released on recognizance for many specified 3rd Degree Felonies and Misdemeanor Offenses. This will hopefully reduce the disproportionate impact that Bond has on our indigent clients and the community.

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May 20, 2022

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month 2022, the Law Office of the Public Defender opened as a canvas and featured artistic expression that promotes understanding and acceptance both for those with mental illness and those without.

Mental Health Awareness Month Art Exibition Flyer

June 23, 2022

Returning Citizens Workshop

July 1, 2022

Prosecutors, public defenders to receive pay raises in July under proposed budget

August, 2022

The Biden Administration Announces

Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

August 18, 2022

Building Opportunities Through Collaboration:

Proud to work in collaboration with the State Attorney, Harold Pryor and our community stakeholder’s in OIC of South Florida to create a new diversion program, Economic Empowerment Today. This program is designed to make our community safer by reducing recidivism for eligible individuals who are charged with certain nonviolent crimes. The participants in the Economic Empowerment Today Diversion Program will be given the opportunity to complete technical training to help them acquire a trade that can be lead to gainful employment and result in economic employment.

January, 2023

2023 Broward Delegation:

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