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Bar Rule Opinions

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.

May 21, 2020
Case No. SC19-1861. In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 21-4.1. On May 21, 2020, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an order amending Rule 21-4.1 to permit eligible military spouse applicants to serve as certified legal interns pending admission. Amendments are effective July 20, 2020. 

April 9, 2020
Case No. SC20-392. In re: Covid-19 Emergency Measures Relating to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and Amendment to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 1-12.1. On April 9, 2020, the Supreme Court of Florida on its own motion amended Rule 1-12.1 to allow the Chief Justice in an emergency to “suspend, extend, toll, or otherwise change time periods, deadlines, or standards imposed by the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, orders, or opinions; suspend the application of or modify other requirements or limitations imposed by rules, orders, or opinions, including, without limitation, those governing the use of communication equipment and proceedings conducted by remote electronic means; and require or authorize temporary implementation of procedures and other measures, which may be inconsistent with applicable requirements.” Amendments are effective immediately, but comments may be filed directly with the Court on or before June 23, 2020.


Bar Rule Petitions Filed (Pending)

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

Florida Supreme Court Oral Argument Schedule


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

Florida Rules of Court Procedure