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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 17, 2020

  1. Judiciary

    NO COURT TODAY: MIAMI-DADE CLOSING ITS DOORS AMID CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

    Law.com | Article | March 17, 2020

    Chief Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Bertila Soto has moved to close court facilities from Tuesday [March 17] until March 27, ordering all staff with the ability to work from home to do so during this period. The closure does not apply to emergency or “mission critical” matters, which include first appearances in criminal cases, Baker Act and substance abuse hearings, juvenile shelter and detention hearings and emergency petitions for temporary injunctions. The closure could be extended, depending on advice from health and government bodies.

  2. The Florida Bar

    TRAVELING JUDGES, COURT STAFF MAY NEED TO SELF-QUARANTINE

    The Florida Bar | Article | March 17, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar news articles on Bar elections, new trial court judges, criminal justice reform and an administrative order regarding court staff travel. Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady issued an administrative order on March 16 stating, judges and court employees planning to travel internationally, take a cruise, or travel to an area of the United States “experiencing a community spread” of the novel coronavirus must notify their chief judge in advance of such travel, and those who have concluded such trips must self-quarantine and not return to work for 14 days.

  3. Legislative

    IF FLORIDA LAWMAKERS PASS A BUDGET IN AN EMPTY CHAMBER, IS IT A LAW?

    Tampa Bay Times | Article | March 16, 2020

    Florida legislators came up with a safe way to reconvene this week after their decision to leave Tallahassee without finishing the budget. After concluding that the Florida Constitution requires a majority of legislators in each chamber to be physically present to approve the only bill they are required to pass each legislative session — the budget — they agreed upon an extraordinary set of unprecedented conditions to guide a meeting that will begin at noon on Thursday [March 19]. They will keep the public away, and lawmakers apart.

  4. Civil Justice

    EXPECT FLURRY OF BANKRUPTCY FILINGS WITH CORONAVIRUS SLOWDOWN

    Law.com | Article | March 16, 2020

    Bankruptcy attorneys expected to get calls as the coronavirus pandemic swiftly slowed the economy — and they were right. Small businesses and big companies are faced with dwindling foot traffic, shorter hours and occupancy limits enforced by cities plus a slowdown in Chinese imports. They are weighing their options. On the real estate front, commercial landlords are looking closely at their tenants.

  5. Criminal Justice

    STATE ATTORNEY ARAMIS AYALA TO ANNOUNCE EFFORTS TO COMBAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

    WKMG | Article | March 17, 2020

    Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala says she is collaborating with Central Florida leaders, including those tasked with preventing abuse and providing a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and child abuse to help combat domestic abuse as concern around the coronavirus grows in Central Florida. The State Attorney’s Office announced that it would release more details Tuesday [March 17] morning during a news conference.

  6. Tech Tip

    HOW TO UTILIZE FIVE TIPS FOR RUNNING A LAW FIRM REMOTELY

    The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | March 17, 2020

    With many lawyers working remotely right now due to court and law firm closures over the coronavirus crisis, here are five tips on how to run your law practice from your laptop (or home desktop). These tips will help you work smarter, not harder while working from home during this time.

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