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The purpose of this summary provided by the Communications Department of The Florida Bar is to present media coverage that may be of interest to members. Opinions expressed in the articles are attributable solely to the authors. The Florida Bar does not adopt or endorse any opinions expressed below. For information on previous articles, please contact the publishing newspaper directly.

March 13, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    FLORIDA BAR LAUNCHES COVID-19 INFORMATION WEBPAGE

    The Florida Bar | Article | March 13, 2020

    The Florida Bar is providing information and updates via a webpage at www.floridabar.org/covid19 to centralize communications to all Bar members including court announcements, cancellations, rescheduled meetings, and any other matters that may affect lawyers and their clients.

  2. Judiciary

    Press Release: CJ suspends most face-to-face legal proceedings due to COVID-19

    Florida Supreme Court | Article | March 13, 2020

    Due to COVID-19, most face-to-face legal proceedings in the state courts will be suspended for a minimum of two weeks under a statewide order issued Friday by Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady. The order takes effect Monday. Justice Canady authorized local judges to use remote electronic means of conducting legal proceedings whenever possible. The order will be extended or modified as needed in the future and is subject to existing constitutional requirements.

  3. Judiciary

    SCOTUS and other courts are restricting visitors or canceling proceedings amid coronavirus concerns

    ABA Journal | Article | March 12, 2020

    Some federal courts are changing or suspending some operations as a result of concerns about the coronavirus. The U.S. Supreme Court is among them. Federal courts are obtaining information about COVID-19 from federal agencies as well as state and local health officials, according to a press release issued Thursday [March 12] by the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts. A Federal Court Finder can be used to link to a court’s website for specific information about court orders relating to the virus. The Administrative Office of U.S. Courts created a task force to share information and guidance about the illness as it relates to the judiciary.

  4. Judiciary

    Miami-Dade Civil Court Employee Tested for Coronavirus

    Law.com | Article | March 13, 2020

    A sick employee who worked Thursday [March 12] in Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Diana Gonzalez-Whyte’s civil courtroom is being tested for coronavirus, and the results are due Monday [March 16]. The circuit issued an advisory Friday suggesting visitors to the courtroom at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse at 73 W. Flagler St. in downtown Miami should watch for signs of fever, cough or difficulty breathing for two weeks.

  5. Judiciary

    HERE’S AN UPDATE ON HOW FEDERAL AND FLORIDA COURTS ARE RESPONDING TO CORONAVIRUS

    Law.com | Article | March 12, 2020

    The Florida Supreme Court has issued an order that outlines guidelines that must be followed within the state court system amid the coronavirus pandemic. The order, issued by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady, follows the state of emergency declared by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday [March 9]. To stay up to date, follow the Twitter pages of the Florida courts or the Florida Bar or check for updates at the Florida Supreme Court’s website or the Florida Bar website.

  6. The Florida Bar

    SPREAD THE WORD: FLORIDA COURTS HELP APP EXPANDS ACCESS TO CIVIL JUSTICE

    The Florida Bar | Article | March 13, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar news articles on online dispute resolution tests, online career counseling and a civil justice app. The new Florida Courts Help App is designed to assist pro se litigants with the non-legal aspects of representing themselves in court. In addition to providing information about the mobile app, the site also offers access to legal forms, veterans assistance, and other essential legal services.

  7. Civil Justice

    MAN’S DEPORTATION HALTED AFTER ORANGE-OSCEOLA STATE ATTORNEY HELPS TOSS ‘ILLEGAL CONVICTION’

    Orlando Sentinel | Article | March 05, 2020

    The Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s office and its Conviction Integrity Unit which investigates claims of innocence by those already found guilty helped reverse the conviction of Dwayne Brown, a 44-year-old Central Florida man who immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica and was detained by immigration officials due to a criminal conviction years earlier.

  8. Civil Justice

    FLORIDA SUPREME COURT REVERSES ITS COURSE ON JUVENILE SENTENCING

    Miami Herald | Article | March 12, 2020

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday [March 12] that juveniles can be sentenced to terms longer than 20 years in prison without the opportunity for early release. The 4-1 decision stunned public defenders, who expressed concern not only about its implications for juvenile sentencing but also about a reshaped court emboldened to revisit issues the legal community had considered settled.

  9. Civil Justice

    LAWMAKERS BACK COMPENSATION FOR ‘WRONGED’ JACKSONVILLE MAN

    Florida Times-Union | Article | March 10, 2020

    The Florida House on Tuesday [March 10] unanimously signed off on a measure to pay $2.15 million to Clifford Williams, 77, for the four-plus decades he spent in prison, including four years on Death Row, after being convicted of murder, a crime he did not commit. The House vote followed a unanimous vote by the Senate last week. The measure (SB 28) awaits action by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

  10. Judiciary

    DISSOLVE FLORIDA’S COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE? YES, SAYS JUDGE

    Tampa Bay Times | Article | March 12, 2020

    Leon County Circuit Court Judge Ron Flury agreed Thursday [March 12] to the request by Attorney General Ashley Moody to dissolve the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which is under fire for misusing millions in grants. Last week, Moody’s office sued former CEO Tiffany Carr and the coalition board members after evidence mounted that the coalition spent more than $7.5 million over three years to compensate Carr.

  11. Civil Justice

    IT WAS ‘HEARTRENDING,’ BUT THIS FLORIDA CASE SHOWS THE LIMITS OF PERSONAL INJURY LAW

    Law.com | Article | March 12, 2020

    A lawsuit against Boyd-Panciera Family Funeral Care Inc. in Pembroke Pines that lost remains of Deon Williams and Evan Chang’s miscarried baby in 2016 ended at the Fourth District Court of Appeal, which found that although the case was “troubling and heartrending,” it didn’t have what it takes to proceed. The Fourth DCA acknowledged the plaintiffs’ ordeal but found the defendant’s conduct wasn’t egregious enough to warrant an exception under Florida’s impact rule, which allows suits with evidence of outrageous conduct.

  12. Legal Profession

    THIRD-YEAR UM LAW STUDENT TAKES AIM AT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

    Florida Trend | Article | March 12, 2020

    Caitlyn Burnitis is aiding in the fight to end human trafficking that affects more than 24 million victims worldwide, many of them children of all ages. As a third-year University of Miami School of Law student, Burnitis founded and now serves as president of the Miami Law Alliance Against Human Trafficking.

  13. The Florida Bar

    FLORIDA BAR LAUNCHES COVID-19 INFORMATION WEBPAGE

    The Florida Bar | Article | March 13, 2020

    The Florida Bar is providing information and updates via a webpage at www.floridabar.org/covid19 to centralize communications to all Bar members including court announcements, cancellations, rescheduled meetings and any other matters that may affect lawyers and our clients.

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