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Rules Regulating The Florida Bar

Rules Regulating The Florida Bar in PDF.


Bar Rule Opinions

November 9, 2017
Case No. SC16-1961. In Re: Amendments To The Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Biennial Petition). On November 9, 2017, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an opinion in case number SC6-1961 adopting most of the bar’s proposed amendments with some modifications.

November 9, 2017
Case No. SC16-1962. In Re: Amendments To The Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Biennial Housekeeping). On November 9, 2017, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an opinion in case number SC6-1962 adopting the bar’s proposed amendments.

October 19, 2017
Case No. SC17-458. In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – Rules 4-1.2 And 4-6.6. On October 19, 2017,  the Supreme Court of Florida issued an opinion in case number SC17-458 adopting new rule 4-6.6 and amending current rule 4-1.2. Amendments are effective November 20, 2017.

May 18, 2017
Case No. SC16-1685. In re Amendments to Rules Regulating the Florida Bar Rule 4-1.19 and Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.745 (Collaborative Law Process). On May 18, 2017, the Supreme Court of Florida entered an order adopting Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 4-1.19 and Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.745 addressing collaborative law, effective July 1, 2017.

May 3, 2017
Case No. SC16-1470. In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar – Subchapter 4-7 (Lawyer Referral Services). On May 3, 2017, the Supreme Court of Florida entered an order dismissing the petition without prejudice so that the Court may “engage in informed discussions with the Bar and those who are in favor or against the proposed regulation of matching and other similar services.” For more information on the LRS amendments, please visit the bar’s dedicated page.

April 13, 2017
Case No. SC16-1963. In Re: Amendments To The Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – Rules 11-1.3 And 11-1.9 (Biennial Petition). On April 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of Florida entered an order declining to adopt the bar’s proposed amendments to rules on certified legal interns.

September 29, 2016, effective January 1, 2017
Case No. SC16-574. In re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 4-1.1 and 6-10.3. On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an order amending rule 4-1.1 to add commentary addressing technological competence and amending rule 6-10.3 to raise the number of continuing legal education credit hours from 30 to 33 in a 3-year cycle, with all 3 additional hours in technology education.

October 6, 2016
Case No. SC16-104. In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating the Florida Bar 4-1.5 – Fees and Costs for Legal Services. On October 6, 2016, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an order in which the Court declined to adopt proposed amendments addressing fees for lien resolution services in personal injury and wrongful death cases.

January 21, 2016 – Effective March 21, 2016
SC15-824. The Supreme Court of Florida issue an order on January 21, 2016, approving the new certification area in Condominium and Planned Development Law. The changes are effective March 21, 2016.

September 17, 2015 – Effective October 1, 2015
SC14-2112 In Re Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – 4-1.5 Fees and Costs for Legal Services. On September 17, 2015, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an order in case number SC14-2112, amending Rule 4-1.5, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, adding subdivision (2) defining retainer, flat fee and advice fee; adding commentary that nonrefundable flat fees and nonrefundable retainers should not be deposited into trust, but advance fees must be held in trust until earned, and that nonrefundable fees can still be excessive; and moving commentary about contingent fees in criminal and domestic relations cases under the header ‘Prohibited contingent fees.’ Amendments are effective October 1, 2015.

June 11, 2015 – Effective October 1, 2015
SC14-2088 In Re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Biennial Petition). On June 11, 2015, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an opinion in case number SC14-2088. Amendments are effective October 1, 2015. A summary of the amendments is available.

May 21, 2015 – Effective October 1, 2015
SC14-2107 In Re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Biennial Petition Housekeeping).  On May 21, 2015, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an opinion in case number SC14-2107. Amendments are effective October 1, 2015. A summary of the amendments is available.

September 24, 2015
SC14-2126. In re Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 4-7.22 Lawyer Referral Services. On September 24, 2015, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an order in case number SC14-2126. The Court rejected the Bar’s proposed amendments and instead directed the Bar to propose a rule that prohibits lawyers from accepting referrals from any lawyer referral service that is not owned and operated by a Florida Bar member and propose any other restrictions necessary to address the Court’s concerns in its order. The Court ordered filing the proposal on or before May 24, 2016. The Court granted the bar’s request for an extension until August 15, 2016. For more information on proposed LRS amendments, please visit the bar’s dedicated page.


Bar Rule Petitions Filed (Pending)

In Re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, Chapter 21 Military Spouse Authorization to Engage in the Practice of Law in Florida, Case No. SC17-156, was filed on February 1, 2017.

To view all proposed amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar or the Florida Rules of Court Procedure, visit the Supreme Court website .


Oral Arguments

Florida Supreme Court Oral Argument Schedule