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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 18, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    CHIEF ISSUES NEW ORDER ON ESSENTIAL AND CRITICAL COURT PROCEEDINGS IN COVID CRISIS

    The Florida Bar | Article | March 18, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar news articles on the recent amendment to the Rule of Judicial Administration 2.140(g) on March 13 and the new order on essential and critical court proceedings. Chief Justice Charles Canady issued AOSC20-15 the night of March 17 to advise that most court operations are to remain suspended or conducted electronically, except for “essential” and “critical” court proceedings, which will be given priority over other cases. The order goes on to define “essential” and “critical” court proceedings. Nothing in the order limits the ability of a chief judge to determine that additional proceedings, other than those suspended by Administrative Order No. AOSC20-13, are essential or are critical to the state of emergency or the public health emergency.

  2. The Florida Bar

    COURT INFORMATION OFFICERS ARE CONTINUOUSLY UPDATING THEIR WEBSITES WITH THE LATEST COVID-19 INFORMATION

    The Florida Bar | Article | March 18, 2020

    Florida’s court public information officers are making sure the status of their respective courts is reflected on their websites, including posting all administrative orders, memorandums, or similar announcements. The Supreme Court website, the Clerk of Courts website and  The Florida Bar website are all continuously updated with COVID-19-related news announcements and resources.

  3. Judiciary

    SOMEONE WHO WORKED AT MIAMI’S CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS

    Miami Herald | Article | March 17, 2020

    Miami-Dade Chief Judge Bertila Soto, in an advisory on Tuesday [March 17] afternoon, issued an order “canceling all non-emergency” hearings after authorities said that someone who worked in the courtroom of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William Altfield at the Richard E. Gerstein Building, on March 10 and March 11 has tested positive for the coronavirus.

  4. Legal Profession

    MARCH LSAT IS CANCELED, FATE OF APRIL TEST UNCERTAIN

    Law.com | Article | March 17, 2020

    The Law School Admission Council announced Monday [March 16] that the Law School Admission Test, scheduled for March 30, will not take place at any of the worldwide locations due to the coronavirus outbreak. All test-takers in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who were signed up for the March LSAT will automatically be registered for the next administration April 25 in the same area.

  5. Civil Justice

    FLORIDA IS SILENT ON VIRTUAL MEETINGS AMID CORONAVIRUS. CITIES ARE DOING IT ANYWAY.

    Miami Herald | Article | March 17, 2020

    The Florida Attorney General’s office has held that a physical quorum is required for public meetings. On March 4, the law firm Weiss Serota — which serves as in-house counsel for municipalities across Florida — wrote Gov. Ron DeSantis to request he suspend rules on government meetings that require the public be admitted and that elected officials vote in person. Some cities in Miami-Dade County have canceled commission meetings in the absence of formal direction from the state on virtual ones, but others will hold an entirely virtual council meeting.

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