Today’s the Day: Mandatory E-Mail Service in Florida

Mandatory e-service started today. If you haven’t already, be sure to serve e-mail address designations in your cases, or at the very least, update your Florida Bar registered e-mail address to be sure you are getting service of Court documents. For my take on how the rule is implemented, be sure to check out my explanation of the new rule that I posted when it was announced. Good luck!

Mandatory E-Mail Service: Not so Fast!

I think the Florida Supreme Court’s ears must have been burning — the Court today issued a corrected opinion [.pdf available here] accompanied by a correction notice [.pdf] changing the implementation date of the state’s new e-mail service rules from July 1, 2012 to September 1, 2012.

The implementation date is the only change — the rest of the new Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516 will operate as I previously reported.

The Florida Bar announced on its main page:

The Florida Bar will provide complimentary education on the mandatory email service requirements prior to the effective date.

Moving the implementation date was a good call — folks who are used to a Federal Court practice probably have systems in place to deal with e-mail service, but those whose practice is solely in state court probably need more than a weeks’ notice to figure out office protocols to avoid e-mailed documents falling through the cracks. The July 1 date wasn’t even enough time to get the news into the Florida Bar News. And for some attorneys, the promised CLE from the Florida Bar will be very helpful.

Thank you, Florida Supreme Court!

9.110(n) Amended to Conform With Statutory Change

The Florida Supreme Court today has made an effective-immediately change to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.110(n) regarding the deadline for a district court to render its decision on an appeal of an order dismissing a minor’s petition for a judicial waiver of parental notice of termination of pregnancy.  [.pdf of order SC11-2372].  As of March 1, 2012, the court must render its decision no later than 7 days after transmittal of the record.  The old rule stated that an opinion had to be rendered no later than 10 days from the filing of the notice of appeal.  The change complies with the statutory requirement that the appellate court “must rule within 7 days after receipt of the appeal.”

I would call this a non-controversial rule change to comply with a very controversial statute and procedure.