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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.

January 12, 2022

  1. The Florida Bar

    JUDICIAL MANAGEMENT COUNCIL PLAN WOULD RESHAPE HOW CIVIL CASES ARE PROCESSED

    The Florida Bar | Article | January 12, 2022

    The Florida Supreme Court has released a report recommending procedural rule changes that would impose more judicial control on civil cases, tighten rules (including tougher sanctions) for discovery, depositions, and continuances, and have reports to the Supreme Court when judges don’t expeditiously rule on motions and decide cases. The Judicial Management Council’s Workgroup on Improved Resolution of Civil Cases is proposing numerous changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure and the Rules of General Practice and Judicial Administration.

  2. Legal Profession

    WILKIE D. FERGUSON JR. BAR ASSOCIATION SET TO RECEIVE 2022 STATEWIDE PRO BONO AWARD

    Daily Business Review | Article | January 11, 2022

    Miami-based Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association is the 2022 recipient of the Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Award. Chief Justice Charles T. Canady is set to present the award in a Jan. 20 ceremony, scheduled to be live-streamed by the Supreme Court of Florida at 3:30 p.m. The award recognizes the Florida voluntary bar that has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis.

  3. Civil Justice

    GROUPS SUE SARASOTA COUNTY CLERK OF COURT FOR SUSPENDING NEARLY 2,000 LICENSES OVER UNPAID FEES

    WTSP | Article | January 11, 2022

    The Southern Legal Counsel and the ACLU of Florida on Tuesday [Jan. 11] filed a lawsuit to block the Sarasota County clerk of court from suspending the driver’s licenses of people who fail to pay fines and court costs after violating ordinances. They are petitioning on behalf of U.S. Army veteran Stacy Ostolaza, who lives in Sarasota. The lawsuit accuses Clerk of Court Karen E. Rushing of improperly suspending Ostolaza’s license after he failed to pay $293 in court costs, fees, and fines linked to a civil citation.

  4. Legislative

    NO NEED FOR EXPERTS IN CLAIMS LITIGATION: JUST USE GOOGLE EARTH, FLORIDA BILL SAYS

    Insurance Journal | Article | January 12, 2022

    The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday [Jan. 10] unanimously approved Senate Bill 634, which would allow courts to accept, through the practice of “judicial notice,” some websites and web images as evidence, as long as a date stamp is visible. Insurers would no longer need to hire expensive expert witnesses in some claims disputes but could rely on Google maps and images to show the age of property damage. The opposing side could object and a judge could disallow the electronic media if it can be shown that the image is not accurate.

     

  5. Judiciary

    GOV. RON DESANTIS APPOINTS NEW JUDGE TO FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT

    My Panhandle.com | Article | January 11, 2022

    Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Devin Collier as a new judge to the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Court on Tuesday [Jan. 11]. Collier served as the Lead Attorney for the Solicitor in the US Department of the Interior. Since 2019, he served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit. Collier is replacing Judge John Fishel following his retirement.

  6. Wellness Wednesday

    DIETS MAKE YOU FEEL BAD. TRY TRAINING YOUR BRAIN INSTEAD

    The Florida Bar | Article | January 12, 2022

    The new Eat Well Challenge will show you how to reshape your eating habits without dieting. Many weight researchers are encouraging a new approach to healthy eating based on brain science. A variety of techniques that encourage mindful awareness of how we eat, acceptance related to the foods we want and intuitive eating exercises can be used to quell cravings and reshape our eating habits.

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