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September 15, 2021
CONTACT: Leslie H. Smith, [email protected]
TELEPHONE: 8505615764

Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (ET) via Zoom

The Florida Bar Media & Communications Law Committee with the Florida Supreme Court is hosting a free Reporters’ Workshop session that will give journalists insight into gaining access to public judicial records and the courts. The session will focus on changes to Rule 2.420 of the Judicial Rules of Administration “to eliminate the requirement that the clerk of court independently designate as confidential information filed in certain civil cases.” This was done, the Court said, “to address timely access to court records.”

Our panel of subject matter experts includes Attorney Carol LoCicero, who represented the consortium of media who advocated for the change in Rule 2.420, joined by Pat Gleason, Special Counsel for Open Government for Attorney General Ashley Moody, Frank LoMonte, director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida and Dustin Metz, senior attorney, Office of the State Courts Administrator. The panelists will discuss how reporters get records from the courts, how we arrived here, and what some of the challenges are. The moderator of the session is Erica White, General Counsel, Office of the State Courts Administrator and member of The Florida Bar Media & Communications Law Committee.

Join us for a discussion of the current status of access to judicial records as well as information about requesting and getting administrative records from the courts.

Registration is required.

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