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Florida Rules of Procedure

Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure; PDF document opens in new window July 1, 2016

Florida Rules of Civil Procedure; PDF document opens in new window updated March 16, 2015

Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure; PDF document opens in new window updated September 15, 2016
Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure; PDF document opens in new window updated January 29, 2015

Florida Rules of Judicial Administration; PDF document opens in new window updated September 8, 2016

Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure; PDF document opens in new window updated September 16, 2016

Florida Probate Rules; PDF document opens in new window updated September 15, 2016

Florida Small Claims Rules; PDF document opens in new window updated March 5, 2015


Florida Rules of Traffic Court; PDF document opens in new window updated January 1, 2016

Florida Supreme Court Standards for Electronic Access to the Courts PDF document opens in new window provides guidance and specific technical information about court document filings.


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Proposed Court Rule Amendments

JOINT OUT-OF-CYCLE PROPOSED RULES 4-1.19 AND 12.745 PERTAINING TO COLLABORATIVE LAW PROCESS PDF document opens in new window

Proposed Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 4-1.19 and Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.745 address the collaborative law process enacted by Chapter 2016-93, Laws of Florida. The Family Law Rules Committee and The Florida Bar Board of Governors have created and approved the proposed rules, the full text of which is shown here PDF document opens in new window. A petition to adopt the proposed rules will be filed on or about September 15, 2016, under Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 1-12.1 and Florida Rules of Judicial Administration 2.140(e).

Comments must be filed with the Clerk of Court, Supreme Court of Florida, after the case has been docketed, with copies served on all named parties within the Petition. A copy of the petition may be requested by contacting James M. Barclay, Attorney Liaison – Rules, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, jbarclay@floridabar.org, or calling (850) 561-5633.


APPELLATE COURT RULES COMMITTEE
THREE-YEAR CYCLE REPORT 2017
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The Appellate Court Rules Committee invites comments on the proposed rule amendments anticipated to be included in the Committee’s three-year cycle report. PDF document opens in new window The ACR Three-year Cycle Chart PDF document opens in new window is also available.


Interested persons have until August 1, 2016, to submit any comments, electronically, to Kristin Norse, Incoming Chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee, at knorse@kmf-law.com, and to the Bar staff liaison, Heather Telfer, at htelfer@floridabar.org.



FAMILY LAW RULES COMMITTEE PDF document opens in new window

The Family Law Rules Committee invites comment on proposed three-year cycle amendments to the Florida Family Law Rules.PDF document opens in new window The Committee notes that proposed amendments to Rules 12.130, 12.200, and 12.407 were previously published in the August 1, 2015, edition of the Bar New so have not been included with this publication.

Interested persons have until August 1, 2016, to submit comments electronically to the incoming committee chair, Judge Laurel Lee, leelm@fljud13.org and to the Bar staff liaisons, Greg Zhelesnik and Krys Godwin, at gzhelesnik@flabar.org and kgodwin@floridabar.org, respectively.


RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
THREE-YEAR CYCLE AMENDMENTS PDF document opens in new window

The Rules of Judicial Administration Committee invites comments on proposed three-year cycle amendments to the Rules of Judicial Administration.PDF document opens in new window The proposed amendments will be filed with the court by February 1, 2017. Pursuant to Fla.R.Jud.Admin. 2.140(b)(2), interested persons have until August 31, 2016, to submit comments electronically to The Honorable Steven S. Stephens, Chair, Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, stephenss@fljud13.org, with a copy to the Bar staff liaison, Krys Godwin, kgodwin@floridabar.org.


RULE/FORM VOTE EXPLANATION
2.140. (Amending Rules of Court)(a)(4)–(a)(6): 21-4-2
























All others:
30-1-0
Amends subdivision (a)(4) to more clearly define the requirements for membership within a rule of procedure committee and clarifies the role of the voting committee liaison members within the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee. Amends subdivision (a)(5) to clarify: that rule amendments may originate by committee members or from others; the procedure of approving proposed rule amendments; the requirement for record keeping, and distribution and sharing of the records with other committees. Amends subdivision (a)(6) to redefine the role of the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee review of all committees’ proposed rules: requires a review of all rules for possible general or common application; confirms the requirement for regular and prompt communication between committees regarding the Rules of Judicial Administration Committees reviews and referrals to other committees possibly being impacted by proposed rules; establishes the time-line for the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee’s review and the procedure for communication of that review. Proposes procedures to share that review with the Board of Governors and the supreme court.

Amends many other subdivisions of this rule to more clearly detail the procedure for rules of procedure amendments. Generally, the chair and vice chair terms are pluralized; the word “Internet” is deleted; “News” referring to The Florida Bar News is italicized; “The” for The Florida Bar is capitalized where appropriate; “hearing” is changed to “oral argument” throughout; and “of this rule” is deleted when not necessary because no other rule is cited to lead to confusion. Specifically, subdivision (a)(2) requires proposed rule amendments be submitted to the committee chair and attorney staff liaison of the pertinent committee. Subdivision (b) title is amended to define the procedure for 3-year cycle reports; extends the time for committees to review comments received by 16 days; clarifies the publication requirement; Bar staff liaison is included as a receiver of comments, notices, and filings; and includes a necessary inclusion of The Florida Bar Executive Director as a required party in the filings. Subdivision (e) is renamed as Committee Out-of-Cycle Reports and two types of filings are detailed: filings stimulated by an emergency or in response to a legislative amendment that are time-sensitive enough that they must be filed with the court without prior publication by the committee; and filings stimulated by a non-emergency, yet time-sensitive, concern that cannot wait for the committee’s 3-year cycle report schedule yet is not an emergency so the matter may be published by the committee and comments will be considered prior to submission to the court.
2.510. (Foreign Attorneys)(a): 35-0





Form (editorial)
Amends subdivision (a) (Eligibility) by adding a sentence to clarify that the rule does not apply to foreign attorneys who are permitted to be named or appear by federal law (i.e., Federal Attorney General or Solicitor General of the United States).

Amends paragraph 10 of the Verified Motion form to update the term “disciplinary resignation” to the current “disciplinary revocation” per the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. (101 So. 3d 807.)
2.516. (Service of Pleadings and Documents)(b)(1)(E)(i):
19-4-0



(b)(2): 26-4-0
Amends subdivision (b)(1)(E)(i) (Format of E-mail for Service) by adding “and case style” in the subject line of the e-mail used for service of any document.

Amends subdivision (b)(2) (Service by Other Means) by providing an option to note the inability to serve a party within the certificate of service and providing information of where a copy of the served document may be obtained.
2.560. (Appointment of Spoken Language Court Interpreters for Non-English-Speaking and Limited-English-Proficient Persons)27-0Amends subdivision (a) (Criminal or Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings) to provide a non-English-speaking or limited-English-proficient parent, in any juvenile delinquency proceeding, the appointment of an interpreter.



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Guidelines for Rules Submissions

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Rules of Court Procedure Opinions

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Florida Standard Jury Instructions External Link

Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases 1970 External Link


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