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March 30, 2020
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The Florida Bar News | Article | March 27, 2020
So far, the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 epidemic has been challenging — but not daunting — for Florida’s 100,000-plus legal community and the clients they’re sworn to protect. Read interviews with individual attorneys, Florida Bar leaders, and Bar staff, which suggest that most lawyers are adjusting to the new reality by closing offices, working from home, and relying heavily on technology.
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CHIEF JUSTICE ISSUES STATEWIDE COVID-19 EMERGENCY ORDER ON FAMILY VISITATION IN CHILD DEPENDENCY CASES
Florida Supreme Court | Article | March 27, 2020
Florida’s Chief Justice Charles Canady issued a new administrative order on March 27 imposing health-related limitations on court-ordered child and family visitation through April 17 for children under the protective supervision of the Department of Children and Families. Under the new order, child and family visitation under circuit court orders entered under chapter 39 of the Florida Statutes will be conducted by video or other electronic means unless all parties agree that in-person visitation does not pose a health threat.
Tampa Bay Times | Article | March 27, 2020
The Florida Supreme Court this week altered the rulebook on evictions and foreclosures, potentially giving relief to Floridians wondering how they can shelter in place during the coronavirus pandemic if they’re kicked out of their homes. The change has to do with a legal document called a writ of possession, the final record produced at the end of the eviction process. The order issued Tuesday [March 24] by Chief Justice Charles Canady, appears to suspend, or at least give clerks the option to suspend, issuing writs of possession through April 17.
The Apopka Voice | Article | March 29, 2020
Many Florida law enforcement agencies are following citation-first policies to keep offenders out of jails while some county jails are releasing those accused of nonviolent crimes to contain COVID-19 spread among the 150,000 people incarcerated in the state’s prisons and jails. However, those incarcerated and awaiting trial, and those who end up behind bars on felony charges during the coronavirus emergency, might be in jail for a while as state and county courts slow proceedings to reduce courthouse activity.
Law.com | Article | March 27, 2020
The National Conference of Bar Examiners announced Friday [March 27] it is giving jurisdictions the option to postpone the July bar exam until the fall, but a growing number of law students want an emergency diploma privilege that will allow them to skip the exam completely. By Friday morning, nearly 2,000 law students in Florida had signed a petition calling on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners to extend an emergency diploma privilege to 2020 graduates of ABA-accredited law schools who had registered for the July test.
American Bar Association | Article | March 30, 2020
The spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is having significant legal implications across the sector. The ABA is offering CLE webinars and on-demand products that specifically address questions on the effects of this outbreak. From now through April 15, there will be free-to-member live webinars for your legal education.
News Chief | Article | March 29, 2020
Jurors who found Andre Maurice Warner guilty of first-degree murder two weeks ago for the 2018 killing of Adam Hilarie, 27, during a robbery in his Auburndale apartment won’t be among those who consider whether he should be sentenced to death for that murder. On Friday [March 27], Circuit Judge Jalal Harb ordered that the jury should be dismissed because of delays resulting from the coronavirus. A status hearing for the case has been set for May 12.
Ocala Star Banner | Article | March 28, 2020
The 5th District Court of Appeal says Circuit Judge Willard Pope erred when sentencing a 27-year-old woman last year to a 15-year prison term after being found guilty of DUI manslaughter and DUI with serious bodily injury. “We vacate (Suzana) Bici’s sentence and remand for resentencing before a different judge,” a three-judge panel from the court wrote in a ruling published Friday [March 27]. With the ruling, Bici is entitled to a new sentencing hearing. She is currently serving her sentence at Lowell Correctional Institution, the women’s prison in northwest Marion County.