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LegalFuelLegalFuel: The Practice Resource Center of The Florida Bar provides education for Bar members on practice management issues including technology subjects.

LegalFuel offers free CLE webinars as well as articles, podcasts, and other resources. LegalFuel’s team of Practice Management Advisors are also available to answer practice management or technology related questions weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and may be reached via email ([email protected]), phone (866-730-2020), or live chat on legalfuel.com.

In cooperation with The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Technology, LegalFuel recently released a Video Conference Toolkit, which guides Bar members through the use of some of the more popular video conference platforms.

The “Florida Bar Recommended Best Practices Guide for Remote Court Proceedings” is also posted on LegalFuel’s website and the Bar’s COVID-19 Information and Resources webpage. The guide is non-binding and not meant to supersede court procedural rules or administrative orders, the authors stressed.

Instead, it was designed to address frustrations Bar members expressed when the pandemic forced the closure of courthouses and work transitioned to video or teleconferencing whenever possible.

Some of the most frequently reported challenges, other than mastering the technology itself, included navigating the different platforms being used across Florida’s 20 judicial circuits, and varying procedures for such things as evidence submission and document sharing. The guide’s recommendations range from proper attire, lighting, and bandwidth, to evidence submission. It is divided into five sections: Remote Procedures Applicable to All Proceedings; Remote Procedures Applicable to Non-Evidentiary Hearings; Remote Procedures Applicable to Evidentiary Hearings; Remote Deposition Procedures; and Remote Mediations.

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