Nushin G. Sayfie was appointed to the Circuit Court by Governor Crist in 2007. She began her judicial career in the Juvenile Dependency Division. She spent 12 years in the Criminal Division, where she presided over close to 100 felony jury trials to verdict, including a death penalty case. She was appointed Associate Administrative Judge of the division in July 2011 and Administrative Judge in March 2013. She also presided over the Felony Mental Health Diversion court and is one of the founders of Miami’s first Veterans’ Court. On February 4, 2021, Judge Sayfie was elected to be the next Chief Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. She began her term as Miami-Dade’s second female chief on July 1, 2021.
Prior to her service on the bench, Judge Sayfie was an Assistant Public Defender in Miami beginning in July 1994. She tried over 75 cases as a lawyer including homicide and death penalty cases and she trained and supervised lawyers in the Felony Division.
Judge Sayfie has served on the board of Casa Valentina, since 2006, an organization that provides housing and support for young people aging out of foster care. 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 Vice Chair, and chairs its main subcommittee, the Public Safety Coordinating Council. She also serves on the Florida Bar’s Criminal Procedure Rules Committee and Standing Committee on Mental Health & Wellness. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law teaching Litigation Skills. She has taught multiple times at the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges Annual Conference and the College of Advanced Judicial Studies.
In 2016 Judge Sayfie was named a Woman of Impact by the Miami-Dade County Women’s History Coalition. She also received the Paul Kaminsky Commitment to Justice Award at the Annual Mental Health Conference of the 11th Judicial Circuit. In March 2017 she received one of the annual In the Company of Women Awards given by the Miami-Dade County Parks & Recreation Department. In May 2017 she was honored by Transition, Inc. for her commitment and support of reentry programs. In April, 2019, she was recognized by the Iranian American Foundation as a Distinguished Iranian-American Woman of the Year. In May, 2019, she received the Justice Gerald Kogan Judicial Distinction Award from the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter.
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. She was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut and she has three children, all in their 20’s.
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