First appearance court, also called bond court, is held at the county’s main courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale and is where a person charged by police with a crime is brought before a judge, who will determine whether there was probable cause for the arrest. Read more about Bond Court.
First appearance court approximate start times:
- <b>Monday-Thursday:</b> 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. depending on the judge's schedule.
- <b>Friday:</b> 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 8:30 a.m.
Note on sound: The judge sometimes temporarily disables the audio.