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Florida Rules of Court Procedure

Find the latest versions of the Florida Rules of Court Procedure, including the rules of civil procedure, in the official website of The Florida Bar. The rules are updated regularly and are available for purchase in print or online formats.

Rules & Standards

Find the Florida Rules of Court Procedure by area of law, such as civil, criminal, or involuntary civil commitment cases. The Florida Bar also provides other rules regulating lawyer conduct, standards for jury instructions, and unlicensed practice of law.

A Primer on Florida’s New Summary Judgment Standard

The Florida Rules of Civil Procedure are intended to “secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action.” [1] The Florida Constitution, however, mandates that “[t]he right to trial by jury shall be secure to all and remain inviolate.”

Civil Jury Instructions

Appendix A – Model Jury Instructions. Appendix B – Verdict Forms. Appendix C – Punitive Damage Instructions – cases prior to 10/1/99; revised March 2, 2023. Appendix D. Appendix E – Emergency Medical Treatment Claims Instructions for Causes of Action Arising prior to September 15, 2003.

Guidelines for Professional Conduct

These Guidelines are subject to the Florida and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct, and the specific requirements of any standing or administrative order, local court rule, or order entered in a specific case.

The 120-Day Rule: What You Need to Know

Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.070 (j) states that a complaint must be served upon the defendant within 120 days after the complaint is filed. If it is not served within this time frame, a motion to dismiss is appropriate and the case is dismissed without prejudice. The complaint can be refiled so long as the statute of limitations has not run.

Florida Bar News

On January 1, changes in Florida state law and the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure will go into effect, changing where a variety of court actions are heard. • County court jurisdictional thresholds increase to $30,000 on January 1, 2020, and to $50,000 on January 1, 2023.

Motions to Strike Sham Pleadings and Summary Judgment ... - The Florida Bar

Which raises the question, why does Florida even have a rule on striking sham pleadings? Is it necessary? The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not have a similar rule and, yet, our federal courts seem to do just fine in disposing of factually groundless cases.