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Chief Justice Canady extends deadlines due to Hurricane Dorian

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Chief Justice Charles CanadyMissed a state legal deadline due to Hurricane Dorian? Orders now are being issued by Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady retroactively extending state-court legal deadlines in storm-damaged areas.

“Attorneys and others who missed state legal deadlines or hearing dates in areas hard-hit by a hurricane will be protected by these orders, which are issued once the courts in these areas reopen,” said Craig Waters, director of the court’s public information office

These orders are being posted on the Florida Supreme Court’s Administrative Orders page as they are issued:

Retroactive orders are authorized by the Florida Rules of Court. Waters said they are designed to protect litigants from being unfairly deprived of legal rights solely because a local court was closed by the storm. More orders will be posted over the next few days as local courts continue to reopen as Hurricane Dorian moves northward, Waters added.

The Florida Bar is also continuing to update its 2019 Hurricane Information page, which shares essential information and guidance for those who may be affected by the storm.

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