The March 1 Bar News: Top stories include CRC proposals, the court’s focus on security and guardianship issues, and scams targeting lawyers
37 proposals on the way to the full CRC
Thirty-seven proposed amendments — only five dealing with Art. V issues — have cleared committee review at the Constitution Revision Commission and are headed for consideration by the full body. It’s still possible that proposals that were defeated in committee could be revived by a majority vote for debate by the full CRC. However, any proposal that goes to voters in November requires the vote of 22 of the commission’s 37 members.
Security and guardianship matters to be emphasized
Improving security at courthouses across the state and building in more protections for vulnerable people with guardians will be top priorities for the Supreme Court in coming months, according to Chief Justice Jorge Labarga. The court’s Judicial Management Council has workgroups studying both the security and guardianship matters.
Scam artist creates fake e-filing account in real lawyer’s name
Identity thieves targeted at least one unsuspecting Florida lawyer with a brazen new scam and walked away with over $130,000. Shanell Schuyler, director of ACAP/Intake at The Florida Bar, said the Bar recently received a complaint against an attorney when surplus money from a foreclosure action didn’t make its way to the rightful owner. But the young lawyer targeted in the Bar complaint wasn’t even involved in the case.