The Rules of Judicial Administration
Committee and the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee will consider amendments at their June Bar Annual Convention meetings that affect filing of paper documents, he said.
Practically, he added, this is already happening, but the Rules of Judicial Administration
have not been amended to authorize electronic judicial signatures.
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION
--2017 REGULAR-CYCLE REPORT, CASE NO.
Attorneys should remember to review the Rules of Judicial Administration
, especially series 5, in conjunction with the rules governing their area of practice.
Also, the Rules of Judicial Administration
are imbued with the additional authority to ensure uniformity and consistency among all rules of court through the express provision that they "shall supersede all conflicting rules and statutes.
The committee was set up to work out the differences between the Bar's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which favors a rule granting continuances when lawyers need time off to give birth and for related parental leave issues, and the Rules of Judicial Administration
Committee, which lauded the goal, but said it was more a policy than a procedural rules issue.
For example, recently a subcommittee of the Rules of Judicial Administration
Committee discussed a proposed rule amendment addressing accommodations for lawyers with disabilities.
Such continuances have been endorsed by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, but the Rules of Judicial Administration
Committee rejected a recommendation to amend rules to allow it, with members questioning whether it was an appropriate issue for a procedural rule.
All of these statutory exemptions arguably are absorbed (10) into the Rules of Judicial Administration
, which provide that judicial records are also exempt or confidential under the rules if Florida statutes make them exempt or confidential.
After the Bar Board of Governors balked at giving its endorsement, the Rules of Judicial Administration
has altered a proposed procedural rule amendment affecting response times when documents are served via email.
1) That access is not unrestricted, however, and Florida civil litigants must comply with the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Judicial Administration
in order to protect their right to access the courts.
A procedural rule amendment clarifying that judges control any electronic media devices used in their courtrooms and another to prevent attempts to game judicial recusals have been preliminarily approved by the Rules of Judicial Administration