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COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Task Force extension is on the table

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Members want to explore the development of a fully automated online platform to resolve small, civil monetary disputes

The Florida BarNow that vaccines are more widely available and the health crisis is receding, the COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Task Force hopes to explore remote technology’s potential to improve court efficiency.

At a May 21 hybrid meeting on Duck Key, the Board of Governors could be asked to extend the task force for another year.

According to a staff analysis, the extension would allow the task force to explore the development of a fully automated online platform to resolve small, civil monetary disputes of up to $1,000.

If the board agrees, the task force would re-launch in July and conclude in June 2022. The Program Evaluation Committee will review the proposal May 20 and make a recommendation to the board.

Under the proposal, task force recommendations would first go to the Board of Governors, and if approved, forwarded to the Florida Courts Technology Commission.

The task force review would include the feasibility of a platform, enabling statutory or rule changes, and a study of existing case management platforms in Florida — including “DIY Florida” and pilots in Florida’s 20 judicial circuits — and national and international programs.

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