The Campaign to Re-elect Judge Nushin G. Sayfie
Nushin G. Sayfie was appointed to the Circuit Court by Governor Charlie Crist in October, 2007. In 2010 Judge Sayfie retained her seat, elected without opposition. She was assigned to the Dependency Division from November 2007 through January of 2009, where in addition to her judicial duties, she began an Independent Living Court, designed to assist kids as they age out of the foster care system.
Judge Sayfie is currently serving in the Criminal Division, where she has presided over 80 felony jury trials, including a death penalty case. She was appointed Associate Administrative Judge of the Criminal Division in July 2011 and Administrative Judge of the Criminal Division in March 2013. She also currently presides over the Felony Mental Health Diversion court and is in the process of creating Miami’s first Veteran’s Court.
Prior to her service on the bench, Judge Sayfie was an Assistant Public Defender in Miami beginning in July 1994. From January 1999 through July 2001 she worked as Assistant Public Defender in Tallahassee, FL. In 2001 she returned to the Miami Public Defender’s Office, serving as a felony training attorney and a senior attorney, supervising 3 felony divisions and training new lawyers. She tried over 75 cases as a lawyer including homicide and death penalty cases.
Judge Sayfie has served on the board of Casa Valentina, since 2006, an organization that provides housing and support for young men and women who have aged out of the foster care system. From 2010-2012 she served on the board of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment and continues to serve as an honorary board member. She currently serves on the Dade Miami Criminal Justice Council as the Chief Judge’s designee, and chairs its main subcommittee, the Public Safety Coordinating Council. On March 6th Judge Sayfie will be honored by the Women’s History Coalition of Miami-Dade County as a 2016 Woman of Impact.
Judge Sayfie has been a presenter and panelist at many local and statewide conferences, notably on the topic of Psychotropic Medication and Children in DCF Care. She was also an instructor at the Florida Judicial College of Advanced Judicial Studies in 2012 on the topic of Mental Health Issues in Criminal Court.
Judge Sayfie received her Juris Doctor degree, from Fordham University School of Law in 1993. In 1990 she graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in English. A Connecticut native, she now resides in Miami with her three children.