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December 15, 2010
Proposed amendments implementing the new e-mail service requirement

The Florida Bar rules committees have filed an out-of-cycle report of proposed amendments to their various bodies of rules to implement a new e-mail service requirement that would require lawyers to exchange pleadings and documents via e-mail. The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposed amendments, which may be found online at An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before January 18, 2011, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chairs, Robert M. Eschenfelder, Chair, Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, 1112 Manatee Avenue W., Suite 969, Bradenton 34205-7804; John Granville Crabtree, Chair, Appellate Court Rules Committee, 240 Crandon Boulevard, Suite 234, Key Biscayne 33149-1624; Robert T. Strain, Chair, Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, 3801 Corporex Park Drive, Suite 210, Tampa 33619-1136; Donald E. Christopher, Chair, Civil Procedure Rules Committee, P.O. Box 1549, Orlando 32802-1549; Steven P. Combs, Chair, Family Law Rules Committee, 3217 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville 32207-8901; William W. Booth, Chair, Juvenile Court Rules Committee, 425 Fern Street, Suite 200, West Palm Beach 33401-5839; Michele A. Cavallaro, Chair, Small Claims Rules Committee, 6600 N. Andrews Avenue, Suite 300, Ft. Lauderdale 33309-2189; Jeffrey S. Goethe, Chair, Probate Rules Committee, 3119 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton 34205-3350; John J. Anastasio, Chair, Traffic Court Rules Committee, 3601 S.E. Ocean Boulevard, Suite 203, Stuart 34996-6737; and Katherine E. Giddings, Chair, Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, 106 E. College Avenue, Suite 1200, Tallahassee 32301-7741, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. The committee chairs have until February 15, 2011, to file a response to any comments filed with the court. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the court’s administrative order In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). 

In Re: Amendments To The Florida Rules Of Judicial Administration, The Florida Rules Of Civil Procedure, The Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure, The Florida Probate Rules, The Florida Rules of Traffic Court, The Florida Small Claims Rules, The Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure, The Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure, and The Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure — Email Service Rule, SC10-2101.

[Revised: 03-14-2017]