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November 19, 2021
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The Florida Bar | Article | November 19, 2021
A new payment processor being installed on the Florida court system’s statewide e-filing Portal will require lawyers who pay filing fees and other costs using a credit card to re-enter and save that credit card information after a Nov. 20 Portal update. Lawyers who use ACH, however, will have their information automatically switched to the new system and they will not have to update that information. Attorneys who use debit block services to protect their bank accounts from unauthorized electronic transfers must provide their financial institutions with a new company ID number. Information about the change is also posted on the Portal’s News and Information page.
Law360 | Article | November 18, 2021
The Florida Supreme Court suspended Maitland attorney Derek Vashon James for 91 days on Thursday [Nov. 18] after finding he violated ethics rules by texting a witness during a deposition in a workers’ compensation case and then lying about his actions to opposing counsel and the judge. The high court split, 5-2, in deciding the appropriate penalty, with the majority deciding James’ behavior warranted a more severe punishment than the referee’s recommendation of a 30-day suspension.
Citrus County Chronicle | Article | November 18, 2021
After interviewing a dozen applicants Tuesday [Nov. 16], the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) for the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida sent five nominees to Gov. Ron DeSantis. Those picks were: Sarah Jones, Kristie Healis, Barbara Kissner-Kwatkosky, Jason Nimeth and Cheri Russell.Gov. DeSantis will name two of those people to succeed retiring circuit judges S. Sue Robbins and William Hallman III.
Panama City News Herald | Article | November 19, 2021
Don Sirmons, former, long-time Bay County chief judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit died Tuesday [Nov. 16]. He was 73. He was elected as a Bay County judge in 1979, appointed to circuit judge in 1984 and then named chief circuit court judge in 1997. He retired in 2010. A memorial service for Sirmons will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 4 at the Wilson Funeral Home in Panama City.