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March 1, 2014
Amendments to the Rules of Judicial Administration

The Florida Bar’s Rules of Judicial Administration Committee has submitted to the Florida Supreme Court a regular-cycle report proposing amendments to Florida Rules of Judicial Administration 2.430 (Retention of Court Records) and 2.510 (Foreign Attorneys). The court invites all interested persons to comment on the proposed amendments, which are summarized below and reproduced in full online at All comments must be filed with the court on or before April 1, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on Committee Chair Judge Jon B. Morgan, 2 Courthouse Square, Room 6420, Kissimmee 34741-5487,, and on the Bar Staff Liaison to the committee, Cathy Mitchell, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300,, 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. Further, if comments are directed toward the proposed amendments to rule 2.430, the certificate of service shall also verify that a copy has been served on the proponent of the amendments William P. Cervone, 120 W. University Avenue, Gainesville 32601, If comments are directed toward the proposed amendments to rule 2.510, the certificate of service shall also verify that a copy has been served on the proponents of the amendments Thomas D. Hall, 1422 Stourhead Court, Tallahassee 32312-6769,; Paul Alan Levy, 1600 20th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009,; and Lori Holcomb, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399, The chair has until April 22 to file a response to any comments filed with the court. If filed by an attorney in good standing with The Florida Bar, the comment must be electronically filed via the Portal in accordance with In re Electronic Filing in the Supreme Court of Florida via the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC13-7 (Feb. 18, 2013). If filed by a nonlawyer or a lawyer not licensed to practice in Florida, the comment must be electronically filed via e-mail in accordance with In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). Electronically filed documents must be submitted in Microsoft Word 97 or higher. Any person unable to submit a comment electronically must mail or hand-deliver the originally signed comment to the Florida Supreme Court, Office of the Clerk, 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee 32399-1927; no additional copies are required or will be accepted.


2.430 (Retention of Court Records)Amends subdivision (c)(1)(C) to strike references to misdemeanor actions and criminal traffic violations and clarify that the ordinance violations included in the 5-year retention period are noncriminal. Amends subdivisions (c)(1)(E) and (F) to provide the same retention periods for misdemeanor and felony records.
2.510 (Foreign Attorneys)Amends subdivision (a) to allow waiver of the pro hac vice fee for pro bono clients, subject to the good cause requirement, and accordingly amends subdivision (b)(7), concerning contents of the verified motion, and the Certificate of Service, to provide for notice that the movant has requested a judicial waiver of the fee.

Amends subdivision (b)(1) to provide that a certificate of good standing does not have to be provided by the attorney from the attorney’s home jurisdiction.

Amends subdivision (b)(3) and paragraph 5 of the form to clarify the requirements regarding disclosure of disciplinary matters; paragraphs 6, 7, and 8 are deleted because they become part of paragraph 5, and the paragraphs are renumbered.

Amends the Certificate of Service to clarify that the $250 pro hac vice fee must be sent by mail.

[Revised: 09-16-2014]