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More Supreme Court COVID-19 emergency orders to be issued

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Chief Justice Charles CanadyTo meet growing forecasts of the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, Chief Justice Charles Canady plans to release new emergency orders over the next days to further extend legal deadlines and to make other changes to court rules needed to meet the crisis.

All of the emergency orders previously issued will be extended for at least another three weeks.

“Protecting the public in every way possible is our overriding goal here,” said Chief Justice Canady. “We will keep our justice system operating, postpone matters that can wait until later, and observe social distancing requirements adopted by public health authorities.”

In recent orders, the Supreme Court has extended some deadlines and suspended other procedural requirements. Canady said the Supreme Court now is engaging in a continuous review of the administration of the state courts as they confront the emergency throughout Florida.

The Supreme Court has been actively consulting with judges statewide and The Florida Bar as it reviews the impact of the COVID emergency on Florida’s system of justice.

All Florida court COVID emergency orders are being linked on one webpage as they are reported on a statewide basis: https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/Emergency

The Florida Bar is also providing information and updates at www.floridabar.org/covid19 to centralize communications to all Bar members, including court announcements, cancellations, rescheduled meetings, and any other matters that affect lawyers and their clients.

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