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Board of Governors Meeting Preview – March 2022

The following items are up for action or discussion at the March 25, 2022, meeting of the Board of Governors as of today; changes may occur before the meeting. Please contact your board representative(s) if you have any input or questions. This Florida Bar News article provides additional details.

The Board of Governors will weigh a proposed Bar budget for FY 2022-23. The approximately $40 million annual spending proposal, which requires Florida Supreme Court approval, maintains a 22-year trend of no member fee increases. The proposed budget will be posted by the Florida Bar News online after Board approval and included in the next print edition. Then the budget will go to the Supreme Court for final approval.

Board members could also receive an update on and demonstration of potential automated platforms for resolving certain civil disputes from the .

In other business, the board is expected to approve adding property and casualty insurance to the Member Benefits Program to replace Geico, a member benefit that expired in February.

The board is expected to acknowledge the recent reappointment of Public Member Linda Goldstein of Tampa. In February, the Supreme Court reappointed Goldstein for another two-year term that will commence when she takes her oath of office at the  in Orlando in June.

The board is also expected to consider:

  • Civil Procedure Rules Committee proposed amendments to Rule 1.453 (Jury Request to Review Testimony) providing guidance when a civil jury requests to review testimony presented at trial. The proposed amendment would mirror a similar rule for criminal matters.
  • Family Law Procedure Rule Committee proposed amendments to 12.200 (Case Management and Pre-Trial Conferences). Suggested by a judge, the proposed amendment would delete a final sentence in subdivision (c) and conform the rule to current practice.