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Bar Rule Opinions

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.

September 19, 2019 
Case No. SC19-520. In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 20-3.1 (Requirements for Registration). On September 19, 2019, the Supreme Court of Florida amended Rule 20-3.1 at the bar’s request to correct the title of a degree and amendments to subdivision (a)(6) to clarify which licensures in other jurisdictions in other jurisdictions qualifies an out-of-state lawyer to be a Florida Registered Paralegal with no minimum work experience.

June 27, 2019 
Case No. SC18-2019. In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 4-7.14. On June 27, 2019, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an order amendment Rule 4-7.14 to address use of the terms “specialist” and “expert” by lawyers and law firms that are not board certified. Amendments are effective August 26, 2019.

April 15, 2019 
Case No. SC18-881. In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 4- 7.22. The Supreme Court of Florida declined to adopt amendments to Rule 4-7.22 that would prohibit qualifying providers from referring to multiple professionals from the same incident.

January 4, 2019
Case No. SC18-1683. In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar  – Biennial Petition. The Supreme Court of Florida approved most of the changes proposed by The Florida Bar in its biennial petition on January 4, 2019, effective March 5, 2019.


Bar Rule Petitions Filed (Pending)

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.

Case No. SC19-1335. In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar – Rule 1-3.2(b). On August 7, 2019, Florida Bar members filed a petition to amend Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 1-3.2 to remove conditional admittees from membership classifications and adopt Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 3-4.8 addressing consent agreements for conditional admittees.


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

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