In this time of national emergency, protecting the health and safety of Florida Justice Association (FJA) members is our top priority. This page contains helpful links to information designed to keep you healthy and your practice strong as communities worldwide battle the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Justice extends suspension of jury trials (Administrative Order) through July 2, 2020. Press Release

Governor’s Task Force to Re-Open Florida is seeking public comments

Workgroup on the Continuity of Court Operations and Proceedings
During and After COVID-19

Supreme Court extends prior emergency orders
through May 29, 2020

Florida Supreme Court (Information on COVID-19 Emergency Orders and Trial Court Updates)

Florida Clerk of Courts COVID-19 Information (Including links to Local Clerk of Court Information about COVID-19)

A Message from Chief Justice Charles Canady

SBA Payroll Protection Program

COVID-19 Small Business Loan Resources



FJA Coronavirus Updates

May 11, 2020 Update: Chief Justice issues "Best Practices" guidelines for remote court proceedings in the pandemic
Florida’s Chief Justice Charles Canady distributed “Best Practices” guidelines on May 11, 2020, that were developed by a statewide COVID-19 Workgroup to help people navigate new remote procedures used by state courts in the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE >

Memorandum and Best Practices Guidelines from Justice Canady


April 29, 2020 Update: Florida Supreme Court going Remote for the First Time in History
The Florida Supreme Court held several dry-run tests this week to prepare for a history-making transition. On May 6, 2020, the state's highest court will hold virtual oral arguments using remote technology for the first time in its 175-year history. READ MORE > 

April 21, 2020 Update: Workgroup on the Continuity of Court Operations and Proceedings During and After COVID 19
The following is a the link to the administrative order creating the “Workgroup on the Continuity of Court Operations and Proceedings During and After COVID 19.” READ MORE > 

April 3, 2020 Update: Broward County Bar Association and Florida Defense Lawyers Association Offering CLE Webinars Relating to COVID-19
Listed below are updated webinar links from Broward County Bar Association and additional webinars offered by the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. These webinars are offered to enhance virtual capabilities of lawyers during the Covid19 health crisis.

Disaster Financial Assistance Relief for Law Firms
https://cle.browardbar.org/us/Disaster-Financial-Assistance-Relief-for-Law-Firms/p/143476
 
Viral Advice: Keep your Distance – Is your Technology Prepared For Work From Home Operations?
https://cle.browardbar.org/us/Viral-Advice-Keep-your-Distance-Is-your-Technology-Prepared-For-Work-From-Home-Operations/p/142652
 
Remote Collaboration Using Microsoft Teams
https://cle.browardbar.org/us/Remote-Collaboration-Using-Microsoft-Teams/p/143004
 
Upcoming CLE Webinars

Friday April 3 12:00

How to Present a Successful Client Webinar - Do's, Don'ts and Product Use
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7826309878766540045
 
Tuesday April 7 12:00
Reaching Resolution in a Remote Revolution - Remote Mediation Do's, Don'ts, and Best Practices
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3731880309555033870
 
Thursday April 9 12:00
Paid Sick Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Every Attorney Should Know!
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4965176114179327502


Florida Defense Lawyers Association will offer the following upcoming free webinars. 
 
Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 12:00-1:00pm
Cybersecurity Risks of Remote Lawyers and Employees
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/5215857769522/WN_0OtLJJ8vS6uwnTqATXZO1Q
 
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 12:00-1:00pm
Tips for Becoming a Productive (and Happier) Remote Worker
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1815857769985/WN_o8kxuCGaT5ejuLDfuMp0Tw
 
Thursday, April 23, 2020 – 12:00-1:00pm
Handling Cases Remotely When “Home Alone”
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1915857771672/WN_vZH5zM57SEewHtvztl7Riw


April 2, 2020 Update: Broward County Bar Association Offering CLE Webinars Relating to COVID-19
Braulio Rosa who serves as Executive Director of the Broward County Bar Association has graciously offered the voluntary bar community the opportunity for your members to participate in several CLE webinars to enhance virtual capabilities of lawyersduring the Covid19 health crisis. Below are links to the future webinars and registration info:

The BCBA will post Disaster Financial Assistance Relief for Law Firms on the BCBA B-Connected page:
https://cle.browardbar.org/us/

Apr 3, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

How to Present a Successful Client Webinar - Do's, Don'ts and Product Use
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7826309878766540045
 
Apr 7, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Reaching Resolution in a Remote Revolution - Remote Mediation Do's, Don'ts, and Best Practices
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3731880309555033870

Remote Collaboration Using Microsoft Teams
https://cle.browardbar.org/us/Remote-Collaboration-Using-Microsoft-Teams/p/143004

Viral Advice: Keep your Distance – Is your Technology Prepared For Work From Home Operations?
https://cle.browardbar.org/us/Viral-Advice-Keep-your-Distance-Is-your-Technology-Prepared-For-Work-From-Home-Operations/p/142652 

April 1, 2020 Update: Miami-Dade Judges, Staff Begin Training on Zoom Platform for Future Virtual Courtrooms
The judges and staff of the Miami-Dade Courts this week began training on the Zoom video conferencing platform in preparation for a future rollout of Virtual Courtrooms. A testing phase is also underway. Judges participating in testing have begun holding virtual hearings, and judges who have completed training are beginning to schedule Virtual Courtroom hearings on Zoom. Additional updates will be provided once testing and training have been completed. READ MORE > 

March 24, 2020 Update: Universal Court Reporting offering Free Deposition Services
FJA Legacy Business Friend of EAGLE Universal Court Reporting (UCR) is providing free remote deposition services so you can attend from your home or office from any desktop computer, mobile phone or tablet. UCR can also arrange conference calls free of charge if you prefer to attend by telephone. READ MORE > 

Learn how to Take Deposition using Zoom Video
Learn how to Give your Deposition via Zoom Video

March 13, 2020 Update: FJA Workhorse Going Virtual!
FJA has been continuing to monitor developments regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19. In an abundance of caution and in light of recent reports and uncertainties in Florida surrounding the virus, FJA has determined that for the health and safety of its members, speakers, vendors and sponsors, the 2020 Workhorse Seminar will move forward, but not as an in-person program. Instead, we are looking at innovative solutions to ensure you are able to get the top-notch CLE content you’ve come to expect. READ MORE >