Broward Circuit Judge Marc Gold suffered a heart attack while on vacation in South Africa earlier this month, according to his wife, Barbara Heyer, an attorney.
Heyer, who is with Gold in Pretoria, filed for an extension in a case she is handling in a federal appeals court, saying she needed the extra time because of her husband's medical condition.
"On August 10, 2014, undersigned's husband, Circuit Court Judge Marc H. Gold, suffered a heart attack [and] has been hospitalized in the MediClinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa," Heyer wrote. "His doctor confirmed that he cannot travel until at least August 24, 2014."
Details on the current status of his health were not available Tuesday, but he is expected to return to Florida next week.
According to the Office of Court Administration, Gold, 67, was scheduled to return to work on Thursday. His cases will be handled by Broward County Judge John Fry until he is able to resume his duties.
Gold has been on the bench since 1996 and has presided over numerous high-profile cases, including the DUI manslaughter case of former New York Yankee Jim Leyritz, convicted child killer and current death row inmate Howard Steven Ault, and David Farrall, the former FBI agent acquitted in connection with a wrong-way crash on Interstate 95 in 1999.
He was re-elected in 2002 and 2008 and is running unopposed for re-election this year.
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