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Civil Trial Certification

Certified Attorneys

Definition

Civil trial law is the practice of law dealing with litigation of civil controversies in all areas of law before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators.

Thinking of Becoming Board Certified? Review a summary of the requirements. PDF document opens in new window

Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Rules) and be sure you have met each of the requirements prior to filing your application. Unless the Rules provide for a waiver of a specific requirement, each of the requirements must be met by the dates indicated in the rule. There is a link to the Rules located below on this page.

Certification CLE Hours Requirement. To View your Board Certification CLE credit hours online: Log in to your Florida Bar account, and select “Show More” in the My Board Certifications section. Click “Show All” and select Civil Trial from the drop down menu. Select the “Credit History” tab. It is recommended that you see how many hours are required for certification and the date the hours must be completed to qualify.

Currently Certified? Recertification Information for 2017:
The applications are currently being updated and will be posted here by the beginning of February.

If you were originally certified in 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 or 2012 you are due to file your recertification application in 2017. The application for recertification must be postmarked by May 31, 2017. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date unless you submit a recertification file extension request – form to be posted soon.

Get Certified - Seeking Certification
The applications are currently being updated and will be posted here by the beginning of February.

The filing period opens July 1, 2017. Applications must be postmarked by
August 31, 2017. You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2018 exam. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.

General Information:
NEW AMENDED RULES AS OF MAY 20, 2016!
Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-4 - Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer

Exam Specifications PDF document opens in new window
Sample Exam Questions PDF document opens in new window
Civil Trial Law Standing Committee Policies PDF document opens in new window
Civil Trial Law Committee members
Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Civil Trial Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
Lisa Kustel
The Florida Bar
651 East Jeffers
on Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850/561-5690

lkustel@flabar.org

Civil Trial Law Certification Field Established 1983

Certification Home

[Revised: 01-06-2017]