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Florida Rules of Procedure

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Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure; October 1, 2017

Florida Rules of Civil Procedure; updated July 2, 2018

Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure; updated May 10, 2018

Historic Rules/Forms 3.988, 3.990, 3.991, and 3.992.

Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure updated August 7, 2018

Florida Rules of Judicial Administration; updated July 1, 2018

Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure; updated July 19, 2018

Florida Probate Rules; updated September 7, 2017

Florida Small Claims Rules; updated January 1, 2017

Florida Rules of Traffic Court; updated January 1, 2016

Florida Supreme Court Standards for Electronic Access to the Courts provides guidance and specific technical information about court document filings.
Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Spoken Language Court Interpreters

Florida Rules of Civil Procedure for Involuntary Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators


Proposed Court Rule Amendments (Submit Comments)

APPELLATE COURT RULES COMMITTEE
OUT-OF-CYCLE REPORT
PUBLICATION NOTICE

The Appellate Court Rules Committee publishes notice of its proposed amendments for an out-of-cycle report. Interested persons have until September 1, 2018, to submit any comments. Comments should be e-mailed to the Chair of the Committee, Courtney Rebecca Brewer, at [email protected] and Bar liaison, Heather Savage Telfer, at [email protected].

Rule Vote Explanation
9.130 34-5 Creates new subdivision (a)(3)(C)(xii) to establish a new type of appealable non-final order for permanent guardianships established for dependent children pursuant to section 39.6221, Florida Statutes.
9.200 36-0 Amends subdivisions (d)(1)(C), creates new subdivision (d)(3), and renumbers existing subdivisions (d)(3)–(d)(4) as (d)(4)–(d)(5) respectively. The amendments create an easier way for counsel or a pro se party to request an unredacted version, to the extent permitted by the security matrix, of the record on appeal and trial transcript.

FAMILY LAW RULES COMMITTEE
OUT-OF-CYCLE AMENDMENTS

The Family Law Rules Committee invites comments on the proposed new collaborative law forms anticipated to be filed in an out-of-cycle report. The full text of the proposals can be found below.

Interested persons have until October 1, 2018, to submit any comments, electronically, to Maria Obradovich, Chair of the Family Law Rules Committee, at [email protected], and to The Florida Bar staff liaison, Mikalla Davis, at [email protected].

Rule Vote Explanation
Introduction and Explanatory Remarks for Forms 12.985(a-g). (Collaborative Law Process for Dissolution of Marriage Forms) 20-0-2 The introduction provides the purpose and considerations for the new forms 12.985 (A-G) for use for the collaborative law process.
New Form 12.985(a). (Explanation of Collaborative Dissolution Process Attorney –Client) 20-0-2 A new family law procedure form is added that explains the collaborative law process to prospective clients after a consultation with a collaborative lawyer. This new form is intended to satisfy Florida Bar Rule of Professional Conduct 4-1.19.
New Form 12.985(b)(1). (Collaborative Law Participation Agreement Principles and Guidelines) 20-0-2 A new family law procedure form is added as a guide for attorneys engaging in the collaborative law process. This new form is a detailed form for use as the collaborative law agreement.
New Form 12.985(b)(2) (Collaborative Law Participation Agreement) 20-0-2 A new family law procedure form is added as a guide for attorneys engaging in the collaborative law process. This new form is a shorter collaborative law participation agreement.
New Form 12.985(c). (Joint Notice of Collaborative Law Participation Agreement) 20-0-2 A new family law procedure form is added as a guide for attorneys engaged in the collaborative law process. This new form is to be filed with the court after a petition for dissolution has been filed but the parties later agree to participate in the collaborative process. The court may order that the proceedings are stayed while the parties engage in the collaborative law process.
New Form 12.985(d). (Confidentiality Agreement (For Neutral or Individual Consultant or Note Taker)) 20-0-2 A new family law procedure form is added as a guide for attorneys engaged in the collaborative law process. This new form is to be used by neutral or individual consultants or note takers to maintain confidentiality in the collaborative law process.
New Form 12.985(e). (Amendment to Collaborative Law Process Participation Agreement) 20-0-2 A new family law procedure form is added as a guide for attorneys engaged in the collaborative law process. This new form is to be used when a new collaborative law attorney is substituted for a former collaborative attorney and the collaborative law process continues with the clients and other participants.
New Form 12.985(f). (Notice of Termination of Collaborative Law Process) 20-0-2 A new family law procedure form is added as a guide for attorneys engaged in the collaborative law process. This new form is to be filed with the court when the collaborative law process has been terminated.
New Form 12.985(g) (Joint Verified Petition and Verified Answer for Dissolution of Marriage) 20-0-2 A new family law procedure form is added as a guide for attorneys engaged in the collaborative law process. This new form is to be filed with the court after the parties have resolved their matter through the collaborative law process and requests that the court adopt their collaborative agreement.

FAMILY LAW RULES COMMITTEE
OUT-OF-CYCLE AMENDMENT

The Family Law Rules Committee invites comments on the proposed rule amendment to delete Form 12.996(d) anticipated to be filed in an out-of-cycle report. Read the full text of the Family Law Proposed Rule Amendment 12.996d Deletion.

Interested persons have until October 15, 2018, to submit any comments, electronically, to Maria Liliana Obradovich, Chair of the Family Law Rules Committee, at [email protected], and to The Florida Bar staff liaison, Mikalla Davis, at [email protected].

Rule Vote Explanation
Form 12.996(d). 23-0-0 Deletes Form 12.996(d) in response to amendments made to Form 12.996(a). The amendments previously made to Form 12.996(a) were in response to the Florida Supreme Court’s referral requesting that the Committee adopt an approach to address the confusion with respect to the existing federal and Florida income deduction order and notices. The Committee recommends deleting Form 12.996 (d) as the  proposed amendments to 12.996 (a) include Form 12.996(d).

FLORIDA PROBATE LAW RULES COMMITTEE

The Florida Probate Rules Committee invites comments on the proposed rule amendments anticipated to be included in the Committee’s regular-cycle report. The Florida Probate Rules Committee Additional Amendments 2019 Regular-Cycle Report is available for review. Interested persons have until October 15, 2018, to submit any comments, electronically, to the Co-Chairs of the Florida Probate Rules Committee, Theodore Stanley Kypreos and Cristina Papanikos, at [email protected] and [email protected], and to The Florida Bar staff liaison, Heather Telfer, at [email protected].

Rule Vote Explanation
Rule 5.200 27–0 Subdivision (e) amended to require a statement identifying any other person who has equal or higher preference than the petitioner for the appointment of a personal representative under section 733.301, Florida Statutes. Subdivision (k) amended to require a statement of the specific facts that show the petitioner’s qualifications to serve as personal representative under sections 733.303 and 733.304, Florida Statutes.

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Florida Standard Jury Instructions

Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases 1970