Marsy’s Law Confidentiality Rule Proposed, Debated at Rules of Judicial Administration Committee
Recent articles from the Florida Bar News include stories on Marsy’s Law and a rule that would place more weight on attorneys to identify protected information.
Florida’s clerks of courts have presented a plan and associated procedural rule change to implement the Marsy’s Law victims’ rights constitutional amendment approved by voters last November, that, among other things, protects identifying information about crime victims. Testimony ranged from whether Marsy’s Law would impede defendant rights to how it would affect appeals and whether the clerks’ proposed rules are too vague. RJAC Chair Judge Josephine Gagliardi assigned the clerks’ proposed rule to a subcommittee, which is scheduled to report at the full committee’s February 7 meeting.
A narrow majority of a special committee is opposing changing a procedural rule to end at least some automatic clerk redaction of electronically filed court documents.