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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 the developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You should know the HCBA continues to take precautionary measures to help HCBA members, staff and visitors to the Ferguson Law Center stay safe and healthy.

Please be aware, effective Monday, March 16, all scheduled in-person HCBA meetings and CLEs at the Ferguson Law Center through Friday, April 10th will either be rescheduled or will utilize teleconferencing or a web-based virtual meeting technology.

Statement from HCBA President Grace Yang -- March 13, 2020


HCBA OPERATIONS
The HCBA office at the Ferguson Law Center closed on March 23 with certain HCBA staff working remotely to continue essential functions.  Call 813.230.6220 or 813.221.7777 and leave a message if urgent. 

In addition, the HCBA's Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is now set up to operate remotely.  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.  


COVID-19 COURT ORDERS
Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady Admin. Order (AO-SC20-17) Suspending Jury Trials Through April 17 -- March 24, 2020

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Admin. Order S-2020-019 Re COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts -- Essential and Critical Court Proceedings -- March 18, 2020

Chief Judge Ficarrotta Thirteenth Judicial Circuit COVID-19 Advisory -- March 17, 2020

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Florida Second District Court of Appeal

Florida Supreme Court  

Florida Bar -- Court Orders & News


HCBA MEETINGS, CLE STATUS
The HCBA will continue to update members regarding the rescheduling and cancellation of 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.


VOLUNTEER INFORMATION, HOW TO MAKE AN IMPACT
• Florida Bar YLD Disaster Relief Hotline
• CNN Impact 



COVID-19 WEB RESOURCES

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 Chamber (business resources)
• Bay Area Legal Services (BALS)