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Chief Justice Canady amends health and safety protocols, requires certain in-person hearings

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The order provides for the voluntary use of face coverings in courthouses and requires Baker and Marchman act hearings to be conducted in-person

Chief Justice Charles Canady

Chief Justice Charles Canady

Chief Justice Charles Canady amended an existing order about health and safety protocols in state courts November 4 providing for the voluntary use of face coverings in courthouses and requiring Baker and Marchman act hearings to be conducted in-person.

The changes to the temporary health and safety protocols are made to “address the most recent developments and continue to mitigate the effects of the public health emergency on the judicial branch and its participants ….”

The order notes that “effective vaccines for COVID-19 are adequately available in Florida; more than 70% of this state’s population have been partially or fully vaccinated; and statewide data from the Florida Department of Health for the past 10 weeks has shown decreasing weekly numbers of new COVID-19 cases.”

The order takes effect on November 15.

All state court coronavirus emergency orders and advisories are linked on the Florida Supreme Court’s website.

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