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May 19, 2020
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The Florida Bar | Article | May 19, 2020
The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on online career counseling, the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar, proposed action at the June 19 board of governors meeting, the committee on Standard Jury Instruction in Civil Cases accepting applications, the Board of Legal Specialization and Education accepting nominations for its awards program and a special legislative session to deal with the budget. Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg and chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Civil and Criminal Justice is confident that the courts won’t be the first place Gov. Ron DeSantis looks to achieve savings. Slashing a $21 million appropriation for a long-sought Second District Court of Appeal facility, the biggest single-ticket item for the courts, wouldn’t go very far toward balancing the budget, Brandes said.
Orlando Sentinel | Article | May 18, 2020
In-person visitations at prisons around the state will remain suspended through June 7 due to the coronavirus, the Florida Department of Corrections said Monday [May 18]. It’s the fourth extension FDC has made to its initial visitation freeze, which was first implemented in March. Legal visits are still permitted during the suspension, though FDC said “attorneys are encouraged to consult with their clients via phone, email or mail during this time.”
SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER SUES FOR ACCESS TO STATE PRISON RECORDS AS COVID-19 SPREADS AMONG INMATES
Florida Phoenix | Article | May 15, 2020
The Southern Poverty Law Center is demanding public records about state inmates at risk of contracting COVID-19 behind bars. The organization filed suit in Leon County Friday [May 15] to compel Florida Department of Corrections to respond to public records requests it filed on March 20 and March 25. The center states in its lawsuit that prison officials acknowledged the requests but failed to produce the public records, preventing public scrutiny of prison efforts to protect inmates and employees during the pandemic.
Pew Trust | Article | May 06, 2020
To help state leaders respond to the changing realities in civil courts, The Pew Charitable Trusts sought to determine what local, state, and national data exist on debt collection cases and what insights those data could provide. The key findings include: Fewer people are using the courts for civil cases, debt claims grew to dominate state civil court dockets in recent decades, people sued for debts rarely have legal representation, but those who do tend to have better outcomes and debt lawsuits frequently end in default judgement.
The Wall Street Journal | Article | May 19, 2020
Extraordinary measures illustrate challenges courts around the U.S. face in midst of public-health crisis. The prospect of returning to jury trials has alarmed people in criminal justice. Some expressed concern about masks’ interfering with the ability to examine witnesses or consider a prospective juror and there is substantial skepticism among defense lawyers about Zoom for criminal trials, where an in-person rapport with juries and witnesses is hard to replicate online. “There’s no way we would effectively represent a client in a criminal trial by Zoom,” said Brian Bieber, a Florida attorney on the board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
ABC Action News | Article | May 18, 2020
The Florida Supreme Court issued an order permanently disbarring Tampa attorney Jose Toledo as of May 14. Toledo practiced personal injury and immigration law in the Tampa Bay area for two decades. The former personal injury attorney is accused of withholding his clients’ settlement money.
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