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April 05, 2021
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The Florida Bar | Article | April 05, 2021
Each circuit chief judge must create a list of private lawyers who may not be appointed in criminal conflict cases where defendants are charged with capital crimes under a new procedural rule approved by the Florida Supreme Court. The Court on April 1 approved with minor changes amendments to Criminal Procedural Rule 3.112 recommended by the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee. The change is effective on July 1.
Daily Business Review | Article | April 02, 2021
Georgia’s top officials cheered their victory with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling throwing out the long-running ”water war” case Thursday [April 1]. Justice Amy Coney Barrett wrote a unanimous opinion dismissing Florida’s case. The ruling ends the latest chapter in a series of disputes between Georgia and its neighbors over water flow from Lake Lanier to the Chattahoochee River into the Gulf of Mexico. Justice Barrett gave Georgia a dose of caution with its victory. “Florida has not met the exacting standard necessary to warrant the exercise of this Court’s extraordinary authority to control the conduct of a coequal sovereign. We emphasize that Georgia has an obligation to make reasonable use of Basin waters in order to help conserve that increasingly scarce resource.”
Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | April 02, 2021
A Jacksonville Bar Association panel discussed what happens when a complaint related to ethics or professional conduct is made against an attorney. Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge Waddell Wallace, chair of the JBA Professionalism Committee, moderated the March 29 panel discussion that included Jacksonville attorneys and Florida Bar Board of Governors members Braxton Gillam and Michael Fox Orr, and Jim Fisher, counsel for The Florida Bar. The JBA provides information on its website about the complaint process for attorneys and for the public.
Bay News 9 | Article | April 02, 2021
While Senator Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) may have won the first battle this week when the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $50 million proposal to build the next Second District Court of Appeal facility in her home community of Lakeland, Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) says the fight over where that courthouse will be ultimately located isn’t over quite yet. The court has been historically centered in Polk County, but the existing courthouse in Lakeland no longer houses any of its employees due to environmental, structural and space concerns. Currently, operations take place out of rented space at the Stetson Tampa Law Center.
Pensacola News Journal | Article | April 05, 2021
Santa Rosa County’s unique pretrial release program is saving taxpayers millions of dollars and keeping defendants on the right track to future success, said Clerk of Court and Comptroller Donald Spencer. In 2020, the Santa Rosa pretrial release program generated an estimated net savings of more than $2.1 million, due to the high cost to house, feed and provide for an inmate in the county jail.
Tampa Bay Times | Article | April 05, 2021
Too many kids are getting arrested, according to the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE). Local officials agree but differ on how to address the issue. HOPE, more than two dozen local churches that advocate for social reforms, is pushing officials to create a secondary review process to divert more eligible children into the program. They say other Florida counties that use the process have a much higher rate of juvenile citations and a lower rate of arrests. HOPE first started pushing for juvenile justice reform in 2014.
Sun Sentinel | Article | April 01, 2021
South Floridians have started receiving notices to attend jury duty during the pandemic, raising the question of who is required to show up to court in person amid COVID-19 concerns. You could wind up in jail for skipping jury duty or face fines, but that’s a rarity. Here’s a look at who must show up and what you can do if you’re worried about appearing in person.