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Bar Rule Opinions

March 3, 2022
Case No. SC20-1467. In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – Biennial Petition. On March 3, 2022, the Supreme Court of Florida amended numerous rules at the request of The Florida Bar in its biennial petition, effective May 2, 2022.

February 17, 2022
Case No. SC21-1379. In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 4-5.5. On February 17, 2022, the Supreme Court of Florida amended Rule 4-5.5, effective immediately, to add commentary to Rule 4-5.5 to address out-of-state lawyers telecommuting while being physically present in Florida, effective immediately.

January 27, 2022
Case No. SC21-1616. In re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 11-1.3 and 11-1.4. On January 27, 2022, the Supreme Court of Florida, on its own motion, amended Rules 11-1.3 and 11-1.4 to add a law school dean’s designee to be able to certify good character and sufficient training for a law student to become a certified legal intern and the dean’s designee to withdraw certification.

December 27, 2021
Case No. SC21-164. In re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – Rules 6-3.5, 6-3.6, and 6-10.3. On December 27, 2021, the Supreme Court of Florida denied the bar’s petition to amend Rules 6-3.5, 6-3.6, and 6-10.3.

December 16, 2021
Case No. SC21-284. In re: Amendment to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 6-10.3. The Supreme Court of Florida, on its own motion, amended Rule 6-10.3(d) to add “The board of legal specialization and education may not approve any course with a sponsor, including a section of The Florida Bar, that uses quotas based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation in the selection of course faculty or participants.” Amendments are effective January 1, 2022.

December 9, 2021
Case No. SC21-722. In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 1-3.10 and Florida Rule of General Practice and Judicial Administration 2.510. On December 9, 2021, the Supreme Court of Florida adopted amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 1-3.10 to ensure consistency between the rules and to change the fee for pro hac vice admission from a specified amount to an initial fee and an annual renewal fee to be set by the bar’s executive director as approved by the bar’s Board of Governors. Amendments are effective February 7, 2022

October 21, 2021
Case No. SC21-653. In re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – Rule 3-7.18. On October 21, 2021, the Supreme Court of Florida adopted new rule 3-7.18 setting forth procedures for handling referrals of lawyers to the bar by the judiciary which includes review of staff and bar closures of those cases by the Supreme Court of Florida. Amendments are effective December 20, 2021.

September 9, 2021
Case No. SC21-775. In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 4-7.19. On September 9, 2021, the Supreme Court of Florida adopted amendments to Rule 4-7.19 to require filing of advertisements in the manner specified by The Florida Bar on its website.

June 18, 2021
Case No. SC20-1543. In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 5-1.1(g). On June 18, 2021, the Supreme Court of Florida adopted amendments to Rule 5-1.1(g) regarding the administration of IOTA funds in response to the final report of the Task Force on Distribution of IOTA Funds.

May 13, 2021
Case No. SC21-6. In re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – Bylaws 2-8.1, 2-9.4, and 2-11.1. The Supreme Court of Florida issued its final order amending Bylaws 2-8.1, 2-9.4, 2-11. and Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 15-2.1, changing appointments of the Professional Ethics Committee and Standing Committee on Advertising from the bar’s president-elect to the Supreme Court of Florida and making “clear that the definitions of “writing,” “written,” and “signed” found in the terminology section of chapter 4 (Rules of Professional Conduct), Preamble: A Lawyer’s Responsibilities, apply to Bar functions regulated by chapter 2, as well as to client representations regulated by chapter 4.” Amendments are effective July 1, 2021.


Bar Rule Petitions Filed (Pending)

Case No. SC22-144. In Re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – Rules 3-7.6 And 3-7.10. On February 1, 2022, The Florida Bar filed a petition at the Supreme Court of Florida’s direction to amend Rules 3-7.6 and 3-7.10 providing that the use of civil mediation in Florida Bar disciplinary cases is inappropriate.

Case No. SC22-143. In Re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar – Rule 3-5.2. On February 1, 2022, The Florida Bar filed a petition at the Supreme Court of Florida’s direction to amend Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 3-5.2 providing for suspension of a Florida Bar member charged with a felony.

Case No. SC19-2077. In re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – Chapter 23 Registered Online Service Provider Program. On December 12, 2019, The Florida Bar filed a petition to add Chapter 23 to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar providing for the voluntary registration of online service providers.


Oral Arguments

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Filing Comments on Existing Rules Petitions

If you are filing comments with the Supreme Court of Florida in an existing rules case, you must file using the statewide e-portal pursuant to R. Jud. Admin. 2.516.


Rules Regulating The Florida Bar

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