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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 19, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    MORE SUPREME COURT COVID-19 EMERGENCY ORDERS TO BE ISSUED

    The Florida Bar | Article | March 19, 2020

    To meet growing forecasts of the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, Chief Justice Charles Canady plans to release new emergency orders over the next days to further extend legal deadlines and to make other changes to court rules needed to meet the crisis. All of the emergency orders previously issued will be extended for at least another three weeks. All Florida court COVID emergency orders are being linked on one webpage as they are reported on a statewide basis: https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/Emergency

  2. The Florida Bar

    STATE COURTS PLEASED WITH LEGISLATURE’S FUNDING PLAN

    The Florida Bar | Article | March 19, 2020

    The House and Senate signed off March 19 on a $92 billion, FY 2020-2021 budget that includes $21 million in initial spending for a long-sought Second District Court of Appeal courthouse. House and Senate leaders also agreed to spend more than $3.4 million to pay for the certification of 10 new trial judges. The budget will go to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has line-item veto authority.

  3. The Florida Bar

    WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

    The Florida Bar | Article | March 19, 2020

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress March 18 approved the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was promptly signed into law by President Donald Trump. Among other things, the legislation (H.R. 6201)  provides for free coronavirus testing, as well as addressing emergency leave; unemployment insurance; nutritional programs; protections for health-care workers; and additional funds for Medicaid.

  4. Civil Justice

    STATE PRISONS CLOSED TO NEW INMATES

    Lakeland Ledger | Article | March 18, 2020

    Florida prisons have temporarily stopped accepting new inmates, a move aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus in state correctional facilities but that shifts the burden of housing offenders to local officials. In a statement issued Wednesday [March 18], Department of Correction officials said they will restrict the intake of inmates and “new commitments from counties” until March 30.

  5. The Florida Bar

    SUPREME COURT ALLOWS REMOTE ADMINISTRATION OF LEGAL OATHS

    The Florida Bar | Article | March 19, 2020

    In the March 18 Administrative Order No. SC20-16 Chief Justice Charles Canady authorized notaries and other persons qualified to administer an oath in the State of Florida to swear in witnesses remotely by audio-video communication technology from a location within the state provided they can positively identify the witness. In other action, the court also postponed all oral arguments at the Supreme Court scheduled in April. The Supreme Court website is publishing a page listing all counties and linking to those jurisdictions’ websites and COVID-19-related administrative orders.  Information can be found on The Florida Bar website at floridabar.org/covid19.

  6. Judiciary

    ESSENTIAL COURT PROCEEDINGS IN BREVARD, STATEWIDE TO CONTINUE, SAYS FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

    Florida Today | Article | March 18, 2020

    Amid concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the new coronavirus, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday [March 17] ordered circuit and county courts statewide remain open to carry out “essential proceedings” such as first appearances and injunction hearings. Earlier this month the high court limited some court functions that would put groups of people together because of the new coronavirus. However, first appearances for people charged in criminal cases, hearings on motions, bond hearings, juvenile delinquency hearings and petitions for injunctions, must continue.

  7. Civil Justice

    CORONAVIRUS JUSTICE: FEWER ARRESTS IN MIAMI, INMATES SPARED BONDS AND POSTPONED HEARINGS

    Miami Herald | Article | March 19, 2020

    Arrests and the jail population are down as cops, lawyers and judges try to strike a delicate balance between protecting the public and administering justice, and needlessly putting people behind bars during society’s unprecedented shutdown. Because defendants have the right to go before a judge within a day of their arrest, Miami-Dade’s bond court will continue, even as officials announced late Wednesday [March 18] that all felony court calendars will be canceled next week.

     

  8. Legal Profession

    UNDER PRESSURE: LEGAL AID ATTYS BRACE FOR VIRUS’S IMPACTS

    Law360 | Article | March 15, 2020

    As the entire legal industry continues reacting to the spread of COVID-19, the legal aid community is bracing for its expected impact on their services for underserved communities. The Legal Services Corporation, the country’s largest funder of civil legal aid services, has advised providers to use the time available now to develop a plan for how best to continue operations while protecting staff and public health. Finding a way to keep providing services at a distance could be key for many organizations.

  9. Legal Profession

    HOW A NOVEL VIRUS IS RAISING NOVEL ISSUES FOR ATTORNEYS

    Law360 | Article | March 17, 2020

    The spread of COVID-19, the disease created by the novel coronavirus, has created never-before-seen situations that raise new constitutional and legal questions. Lawyers answer questions such as, how should labs navigate the unusual FDA process for test kits? How can jails protect prisoners’ rights amidst the pandemic? And, can a company take an employee’s temperature?

  10. Legal Profession

    DON’T LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE: TIME TO EXPLORE EXPANSION OF ODR FOR ADR

    Law.com | Article | March 17, 2020

    There has never been a better time to try both in the courts and in the private sector to expand the use of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) for ADR. Courts and private ADR providers will soon be facing a deluge of coronavirus claims that will require a need to reevaluate even earlier successful mass disaster models that American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) administered in the wake of hurricanes like Sandy, Katrina, Rita and Andrew.

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