Special Magistrate Hearings
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
About the Hearings
The City of North Miami’s code cases are heard by a Special Magistrate. The Special Magistrate is appointed by the City Council and has the jurisdiction and authority to hear and rule over code compliance matters. The Special Magistrate is a licensed attorney and a member in good standing of the Florida Bar for at least five years.
The Special Magistrate has the authority to subpoena witnesses and records, order rulings on violations, assess fines and order liens to be placed upon property.
|Hearing Dates for 2020||Magistrate|
|Wednesday, January 15||Beatrice Cazeau|
|Wednesday, February 19||Christopher Benjamin|
|Wednesday, March 18 CANCELED||Jose Smith|
|Wednesday, April 15||Christopher Benjamin|
|Wednesday, May 20||Beatrice Cazeau|
|Wednesday, June 17||Jose Smith|
|Wednesday, July 15||Beatrice Cazeau|
|Wednesday, August 19||Christopher Benjamin|
|Wednesday, September 16||Jose Smith|
|Wednesday, October 21||Christopher Benjamin|
|Wednesday, November 18||Beatrice Cazeau|
|December 16||Jose Smith|
Code Compliance Officer Citation
Property owners cited by a Code Compliance Officer are given a reasonable amount of time to bring their property into compliance before the case is referred to the Special Magistrate.
After the Special Magistrate has ruled over a case, failure to correct the open code violations may result in fines of up to $1,000 a day for a first time violation and up to $5,000 per day for a repeat violation until such violations are brought into compliance. Failure to comply could result in a lien filed against the title of the property.
If a violation is severe and poses a threat to the life, health and safety of the neighbors, the City will initiate public nuisance proceedings against the property and correct the nuisance at the expense of the property owner.