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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.

May 18, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    CANADY: RESUMPTION OF JURY TRIALS LIKELY TO BE LIMITED AND REGIONAL

    The Florida Bar | Article | May 18, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on changes to the proposed rule protecting confidential client information and providing public access to court records, Member Benefits extending its free “Telehealth” subscription for members and the resumption of jury trials. Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady says it’s too early to predict when Florida courts will be fully operational. “I extended the prohibition on jury trial proceedings through early July,” Justice Canady said. “But I can’t tell you that in early July, we will go back to jury trials.” Canady said he is expecting additional recommendations from the Workgroup on the Continuity of Court Operations and Proceedings During and After COVID-19.

  2. Judiciary

    MIAMI JUDGE TO STEP DOWN IN AUGUST

    Daily Business Review | Article | May 15, 2020

    Miami-based Third District Court of Appeal Judge Vance E. Salter, 72, announced on Friday [May 15] that he will retire Aug. 31 after 13 years on the appellate bench. Salter rose to the Third DCA in 2007 after former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist appointed him to the court to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John G. Fletcher. He immediately helped transition the court from a paper-based system to electronic filing and docketing. That technological move has been essential to the continuation of the work of the court amid the coronavirus social-distancing lockdown.

  3. Judiciary

    FLORIDA JUDGE CALLS FOR REVIEW OF LAW ALLOWING ‘ABSURD’ TRAFFIC STOPS OVER LICENSE PLATES

    Daily Business Review | Article | May 15, 2020

    A Florida traffic law that governs the visibility of license plates might be a bit too extreme, according to Fourth District Court of Appeal Judge Melanie May, who, in a special concurrence, urged legislators to review it. May wrote that the wording of Florida Statute 316.605(1) can result in some police officers making “absurd” traffic stops over license plate rims or frames that obscure the words “MyFlorida.com” or “Sunshine State.”

  4. Criminal Justice

    STATE SEEKS RENEWED DEATH SENTENCES AS FLORIDA HIGH COURT BACKTRACKS ON UNANIMOUS JURIES

    Tampa Bay Times | Article | May 18, 2020

    Several Tampa Bay area death row inmates were re-sentenced to life, or on their way to new penalty hearings, after a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down Florida’s old death penalty law. Prosecutors around the state recently asked judges to re-impose the original death sentences for inmates, citing a recent Florida Supreme Court decision, which reversed an earlier Florida high court ruling that made unanimous juries a requirement going forward. A judge in Hillsborough County put cases on hold until after the Florida Supreme Court decides whether the death sentences can stand. The Florida Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the issue next month.

  5. Judiciary

    PROSECUTOR CHOSEN TO FILL POLK JUDGESHIP VACANCY

    Lakeland Ledger | Article | May 15, 2020

    Assistant State Attorney Jennifer Swenson has been appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to the Polk County bench, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of County Judge John Kirkland. Swenson, 33, was selected from among four candidates nominated by the Judicial Nominating Commission for the three-county Tenth Judicial Circuit, including Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties.

  6. Civil Justice

    CENTRAL FLORIDA PROPERTY OWNERS JOIN FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST GOV. DESANTIS DEMANDING REOPENING OF VACATION RENTALS

    Click Orlando | Article | May 15, 2020

    Two Central Florida property owners added their names to an existing federal lawsuit, demanding that vacation rental properties be allowed to reopen amid the pandemic. In the complaint, the lawsuit alleges that vacation rental property owners have been unfairly targeted during the pandemic, because they are forced to remain closed while hotels, timeshare condominiums, and resorts can remain open. During Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press briefing in Jacksonville Friday [May 15], he told reporters he’s asking counties who want short-term rentals to reopen to submit their plans for his review.

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