Trial Lawyers Section updates its civil discovery handbook
The latest edition of the “2019 Florida Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice” is hot off the presses, thanks to a joint effort of the Trial Lawyers Section and the Conferences of Circuit and County Court Judges.
A multi-year effort to collect the latest relevant case law, standards and rules, the 235-page handbook was recently mailed to every judge and magistrate in Florida, said Nick Mizell, editor and chair of the TLS Discovery Handbook Committee.
“This was a comprehensive update,” Mizell said. “It was born out of a desire to curb discovery abuse.”
While the handbook does not profess to be the dispositive legal authority on any particular issue, judges often refer to it and ask lawyers who appear before them to do the same, said section Chair Mindy McLaughlin.
“This is available to help them work out their differences before there is a need to go to the court,” McLaughlin said. “The courts are already overburdened as it is.”
The 2019 or 17th edition updates the handbook through December 2018.
Besides McLaughlin and Mizell, much of the work was overseen by Florida Conference of Circuit Judges Chair Angela J. Cowden; Conference of County Court Judges of Florida President
David L. Denkin; and TLS Discovery Handbook Committee members Elizabeth Rice, John Williams, Rachael Loukonen, Kim Ashby, Ralph Artigliere, William Hamilton, Weston F. Smith, and Joseph “Skooter” Kinman.