Millinger v. Broward County Mental Health Div. and Risk Management, No. 93-2311

CourtCourt of Appeal of Florida (US)
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM; PER CURIAM
Citation655 So.2d 104
Parties20 Fla. L. Weekly D43 Roy MILLINGER, Appellant/Cross-Appellee, v. BROWARD COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH DIVISION AND RISK MANAGEMENT, Appellee/Cross-Appellant.
Decision Date20 December 1994
Docket NumberNo. 93-2311

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655 So.2d 104
20 Fla. L. Weekly D43
Roy MILLINGER, Appellant/Cross-Appellee,
v.
BROWARD COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH DIVISION AND RISK MANAGEMENT,
Appellee/Cross-Appellant.
No. 93-2311.
District Court of Appeal of Florida,
First District.
Dec. 20, 1994.
Corrected Opinion Denying Rehearing
April 24, 1995.

Richard Berman, Lauderhill, and Jay M. Levy, P.A., Miami, for appellant.

Barbara B. Wagner, Deerfield Beach, for appellee.

PER CURIAM.

Broward County Mental Health, cross-appellant in this appeal, contends the judge of compensation claims ("JCC") was without jurisdiction to vacate and re-enter his final order to permit Millinger, the claimant and cross-appellee on this jurisdictional issue, another opportunity to timely file his appeal. We agree with cross-appellant, and therefore vacate the judge's order and dismiss this appeal. In doing so we certify a possible conflict with New Washington Heights v. Department of Community Affairs, 515 So.2d 328 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987).

Millinger's initial appeal to this court was untimely filed. He filed a Motion for Extension/Motion for Remand with this court, asserting the notice had been filed late due to reliance on representations from the office of the clerk of this court, and seeking either an extension of time to file the notice of appeal or dismissal without prejudice and remand to the JCC to determine whether there had been excusable neglect pursuant to Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.540. This court denied the motion and dismissed the appeal, citing Coca Cola Foods v. Cordero, 589 So.2d 961 (Fla. 1st DCA 1991).

Millinger subsequently filed with the JCC a motion to vacate the final order. His attorney submitted the affidavit of his secretary to the effect that she had been instructed by the clerk's office that the notice of appeal would be considered timely if postmarked by the 30th day. At hearing, Millinger's attorney stated he knew the notice had to be filed by the 30th day and gave his secretary appropriate instructions, but she took it upon herself to call the court. He indicated the notice of appeal was prepared and mailed to this court several days in advance of the due date. 1 The JCC found that the late filing of the appeal "was the direct result of misrepresentations of a state functionary within the meaning of New Washington Heights," set aside his previous order, and re-entered the same order so that Millinger could again attempt to file a timely appeal. The JCC noted that while this matter might not be expressly within the authority provided by statute, he had inherent jurisdiction to correct mistakes of judicial officials.

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In New Washington Heights, appellant's attorney's secretary was misinformed by the Department of Community Affairs' ("Department") clerk as to the correct procedure for filing an appeal from a final agency order, and the appeal was not timely filed. The Third DCA held it had no jurisdiction over the untimely appeal, but noted that its dismissal would not foreclose the appellant from seeking other relief from the Department. The court stated it is "also well-settled that where state action deprives a party of the ability to file a timely notice of appeal, the appellate court, although deprived of jurisdiction over the appeal, will provide the thus-rejected appellant with an alternative avenue of relief." The court also stated "[i]t would be anomalous indeed if similar relief were unavailable to one appealing an administrative determination merely...

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  • Millinger v. Broward County Mental Health Div. and Risk Management, No. 85343
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • March 14, 1996
    ...Deerfield Beach, for Respondent. PER CURIAM. We have for review Millinger v. Broward County Mental Health Division and Risk Management, 655 So.2d 104 (Fla. 1st DCA 1994), which expressly and directly conflicts with the opinion in New Washington Heights Community Development Conference v. De......
  • Filarski v. Reemployment Assistance Appeals Comm'n, No. 4D11–4490.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • September 12, 2012
    ...order, and it dismissed Millinger's appeal of the JCC's newly issued order. Millinger v. Broward Cnty. Mental Health Div. & Risk Mgmt., 655 So.2d 104 (Fla. 1st DCA 1994). In affirming the First District, the supreme court wrote that “the reasoning of New Washington Heights is not dispositiv......
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  • Millinger v. Broward County Mental Health Div. and Risk Management, No. 85343
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • March 14, 1996
    ...Deerfield Beach, for Respondent. PER CURIAM. We have for review Millinger v. Broward County Mental Health Division and Risk Management, 655 So.2d 104 (Fla. 1st DCA 1994), which expressly and directly conflicts with the opinion in New Washington Heights Community Development Conference v. De......
  • Filarski v. Reemployment Assistance Appeals Comm'n, No. 4D11–4490.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • September 12, 2012
    ...and it dismissed Millinger's appeal of the JCC's newly issued order. Millinger v. Broward Cnty. Mental Health Div. & Risk Mgmt., 655 So.2d 104 (Fla. 1st DCA 1994). In affirming the First District, the supreme court wrote that “the reasoning of New Washington Heights is not dispositive o......

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