First DCA to continue offering remote oral arguments
The First District Court of Appeal will continue making a remote video option available to parties as a medium for conducting oral arguments.
The First DCA acted June 4 in Administrative Order 21-1 the same day Chief Justice Charles Canady issued an order allowing courts around Florida to lift requirements to wear masks and distance from others while in courtrooms during proceedings.
The First DCA’s order allows a party to request a remote video oral argument as part of its oral argument request filed pursuant to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.320.
“All such requests must include a statement of reasons in support and indicate whether opposing counsel consents to having a remote video oral argument in the case,” the First DCA said. “The court may approve or deny a request for remote video oral argument. The court may also set a case for remote video oral argument on its own motion.”
After the time for filing a request for oral argument under Rule 9.320, if the court notices an in-person oral argument, the parties will have seven days from the day the notice is issued to file a request to change the format of the argument to remote video.
“All such requests must include a statement of reasons in support and indicate whether opposing counsel consents to changing the format of the oral argument to remote video,” the order says. “If a format-change request is granted, the date and time of the oral argument may also change from what was previously noticed.”
The court said if a party objects to having a remote video oral argument, they have three days after filing a request to respond in opposition to the request.
To learn how remote video oral arguments in the First DCA work, review the court’s “Video Oral Argument Guide for Advocates” on the court’s website.