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Coronavirus (COVID-19): HCBA Updates, Information and Resources

Monday, March 23, 2020  
Posted by: John Kynes
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The Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA) continues to monitor developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and will keep you updated you via this webpage, HCBA Weekly, emails, and social media as news develops that affects our members and the legal community.

MOST RECENT COVID-19 COURT ORDERS AND IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Updated AOSC20-32 and Updated AOSC20-23, July 2: Florida’s Chief Justice Charles Canady issued two new administrative orders on July 2, 2020, to provide more detailed guidance on the four-phase system the state courts will use to govern pandemic operations, especially focusing on Phase 3

No. AOS-2020-029, June 30: Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Administrative Order on Face Coverings & Social Distancing Requirements in Courthouse Facilities During COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

Udpated memos and orders, June 16
:Chief Justice Charles Canady issued two new administrative orders and a new “best practices” memorandum late June 16, 2020, adopting changes to guidelines for state court pandemic operations recommended by his 
COVID-19 Workgroup

No. AOSC20-51, June 15: 
The Florida Supreme Court issued a new administrative order extending the term through the end of the year of the COVID-19 Workgroup charged with recommending ways for a staged return to full court operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Florida Supreme Court, Press Release, June 3:
Five trial-court circuits across the state have been chosen by the Court's COVID-19 Workgroup to conduct a test of remote technology as a safer alternative to traditional in-person civil jury trials

No. ASOC20-32, May 21: The Florida Supreme Court issued a new order establishing health & safety precautions to be used in Phase 2 of the expansion of court operations.

No. ASOC20-31, May 21: The Florida Supreme Court issued an order creating a new pilot program for civil jury trials to be held using remote technology.

Florida Supreme Court "Best Practices" Remote Procedures Guidelines, May 11: Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady "Best Practices" Guidelines Developed by COVID-19 Statewide Workgroup to Navigate Remote Procedures in State Courts

No. AOSC20-23, Admendment 1, May 4: Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady Emergency Order Expanding Remote Hearings and Suspending Jury Trials into Early July Statewide

EO No. 20-112, April 29: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Phase I Recovery Plan to Re-Open Florida

No. AOSC20-28, April 21: The Florida Supreme Court issued a new administrative order: Workgroup on the Continuity of Court Operations and Proceedings During and After COVID-19

Administrative Order S-2020-23, April 15: Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Administrative Order - Court Proceedings During COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts - Phase II


Message from HCBA President Grace Yang, April 10: Message Regarding HCBA Meetings and Operations

No. AOSC20-27, April 9
:The Florida Supreme Court issued a new administrative order extending deadlines through May 29, 2020, in some Bar regulatory procedures governing lawyer advertising and investigations of attorney misconduct

Case No. SC20-392, April 9: The Florida Supreme Court has amended Bar rules to allow the chief justice to “suspend, extend, toll, or otherwise change time periods, deadlines, or standards imposed by the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, orders, or opinions” and take related actions during health and other emergencies.


Previous Orders:

• No. AOSC20-23, April 6:
Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady Admin. Order Extending State Court COVID Emergency Procedures Through the End of May
• EO No. 20-91, April 1
: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Safer-At-Home Order through April 30
• March 27: Hillsborough County Safer-At-Home Order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19
• No. AOSC20-18, March 27: Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady Emergency Order on Family Visitation in Child Dependency Cases Through April 17
• No. A0SC20-17, March 24Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady Admin. Order Suspending Jury Trials Through April 17 
• No. AOS-2020-019, March 18Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Administrative Order S-2020-019 Re COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts -- Essential and Critical Court Proceedings 
• COVID-19 Advisory, March 17Chief Judge Ronald Ficarrotta, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit COVID-19 Advisory: Limited Courthouse Access 
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March 13: U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Chief Judge Steven D. Merryday Order: Restrictions on Visitors to Federal Courthouses in Middle District of Florida

Florida Supreme Court - Court News

The Florida Bar - Court Orders & News

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit - COVID-19 Updates


HCBA OPERATIONS

The HCBA office at the Ferguson Law Center is now open.   

In addition, the HCBA's Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is open and receiving calls and making referrals. If a client or someone you know needs a lawyer referral, please ask them to call the Lawyer Referral Service at 813.221.7780, or have them go to the HCBA's website for information about the program.  


HCBA MEETINGS, CLE STATUS

The HCBA will continue to update members regarding upcoming HCBA meetings and CLEs through its regular communications and social media channels.You also can click on the HCBA Calendar to get the latest meeting and event information.  Selected in-person meetings and CLEs are moving to web-based virtual meeting technology.

HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES

• Florida Bar Mental Health Helpline
Florida Bar Health & Wellness Center


VOLUNTEER INFORMATION, HOW TO MAKE AN IMPACT

• Florida Bar YLD - Florida's ABA Free Legal Answers Platform
• Metropolitan Ministries - Matching Gift From Attorney Steve Yerrid
• Feeding Tampa Bay
• Bay Area Legal Services (BALS)
• United Way Suncoast
• OneBlood
• One Tampa
• CNN Impact 


COVID-19 WEB RESOURCES

• American Bar Association
World Health Organization (WHO)
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 Thirteenth Judicial Circuit
• Florida Second District Court of Appeal
• Hillsborough County Clerk of Court & Comptroller
• Florida Supreme Court
• U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
• The Florida Bar 
 Florida State Court System
 Florida Department of Health
 City of Tampa
 Hillsborough County
• Tampa Bay Times (latest coronavirus news)
• Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
• Tampa Bay Chamber (business resources)
• Bay Area Legal Services (BALS)