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Bar Rule Opinions

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.

April 15, 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 submitted by 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 immediately.

September 11, 2020
Case No. SC20-1288. In re: Petition to Amend the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar and the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Judge Advocate Selectees. On September 11, 2020, the Supreme Court of Florida denied the petition filed by Florida Bar members requesting amendments to the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar and the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar to allow admission to the bar without examination for judge advocate selectees under contract with the U.S. military.

September 3, 2020
Case No. SC19-1335. In re: Petition to Amend the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar and the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. The Supreme Court of Florida issued its final order on September 3, 2020, adopting with modification amendments proposed in a 50-member petition. The amendments remove all mention of conditional admittees from Rule 1-3.2 (conditional admission is not public record). The Court created new Rule Reg. Fla. Bar 3-4.8 on Consent Agreements, that addresses monitoring of conditional admittees, payment of monitoring costs by the conditional admittee, and that proceedings to determine compliance are treated as matters of contempt.

September 3, 2020
Case No. SC20-1236. In re: Petition to Amend the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar and the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar. The Supreme Court of Florida issued its final order on September 3, 2020, denying a 50-member petition requesting changes to the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar and the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that would allow admission without examination for applicants to the July 2020 bar exam.

May 28, 2020
Case No. SC19-1688. In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar—Rule 3-6.1. On May 28, 2020, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an order amending Rule 3-6.1 to further limit the activities of suspended or disbarred lawyers who are employed by lawyers or law firms. Amendments are effective July 27, 2020.


Bar Rule Petitions Filed (Pending)

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 2.410. On May 17, 2021, the bar and the Rules of General Practice and Judicial Administration jointly filed a petition to amend the rules listed in the case title regarding pro hac vice admission to ensure consistency 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.

Case No. SC21-653. In re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – Rule 3-7.18. On May 3, 2021, the bar filed a petition to request promulgation of 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.

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 February 4, 2021, the bar filed a petition to amend Rules 6-3.5, 6-3.6, and 6-10.3.

Case No. SC20-1543. In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 5-1.1(g). On October 27, 2020, the Supreme Court of Florida accepted the final report of the Task Force on Distribution of IOTA Funds as a petition to amend the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.

Case Number SC20-1467. In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – Biennial Petition. On October 5, 2020, The Florida Bar filed its biennial petition to amend Rules Regulating The Florida Bar

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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