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Pandemic prompts court to extend some board certification requirements

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Board Certification logoIn light of the ongoing pandemic and its impact on the ability to conduct trials and hearings, Chief Justice Charles Canady has extended the time period during which certain, specific requirements must be met in accordance with the rules governing board certification.

Acting February 1 in Administrative Order No. AOSC21-2, at the request of The Florida Bar, Chief Justice Canady said the temporary measure will remain in place until October 31, 2022.

Specifically, the court ordered that:

“The time period, during which quantitative requirements that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic must be demonstrated for certification and recertification applications in Chapter 6 (Legal Specialization and Education Programs) of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, is extended such that applicants must demonstrate compliance with the applicable quantitative requirements for certification and recertification during the 7 years immediately preceding the application for certification and recertification” and “Unless self-demonstrating, such as jury trials, applicants must demonstrate to the applicable certification committee or board of legal specialization and education that the COVID-19 pandemic adversely impacted the ability to achieve the quantitative requirements.”

The court said additional orders extending or modifying this measure will be issued as warranted by changing circumstances during the public health emergency.

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