Judicial administration rules amended to make filings more accessible

first_imgJudicial administration rules amended to make filings more accessible October 15, 2011 Regular News Judicial administration rules amended to make filings more accessiblecenter_img The Florida Rules of Judicial Administration have been amended to require any e-filing that will become part of the “judicial branch record” be ADA compliant.The Supreme Court also changed the rules to require client contact information be included in motions to withdraw, and amended other provisions dealing with testimony taken via communication equipment.The court acted September 28 in Case No. SC11-52. Accessibility To address making electronic documents accessible to persons with disabilities — a concern originally raised by Justice Peggy Quince — the court adopted new Rule 2.526 to require any electronically transmitted document that is or will become a “judicial branch record,” to be formatted in compliance with state and federal accessibility requirements.The new rule applies to all electronically transmitted “court records” and “administrative records,” i.e., records made or received in connection with the transaction of official business by any judicial branch entity.The court also modified new subdivision (g) of Rule 2.525 to require that all documents transmitted in any electronic form under that rule must comply with the accessibility requirements of new Rule 2.526. Motion to Withdraw The court also amended Rule 2.505(f)(1) (Withdrawal of Attorney) to require that a motion to withdraw include the client’s telephone number and email address. The Rules of Judicial Administration Committee has asked that the client’s telephone number be included in a motion to withdraw to make it easier for the court to maintain contact with a party who may have to proceed pro se after withdrawal of the attorney. To further that goal, the court added the requirement that the client’s email address also be included in the motion. Testimony The court also adopted an amendment to Rule 2.530(d)(1) (Testimony; Generally), which currently provides that if all the parties consent, a county or circuit judge may allow testimony to be taken through communication equipment.The rule was amended to provide that testimony also can be taken by communication equipment “if permitted by another applicable rule of procedure,” allowing the various Florida Bar rules committees to consider whether their bodies of rules should be amended to allow for the use of communication equipment without the parties’ consent.In response to a suggestion by the Family Law Section, the court also amended Rule 2.530(d)(1) to clarify that general magistrates, special magistrates, and hearing officers also may allow the use of communication equipment in accordance with the amended rule.The amendments become effective January 1, 2012, at 12:01 a.m.last_img read more

Real play down striker woes

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, Spain March 11 – Real Madrid assistant boss Aitor Karanka played down concerns about his strikers’ inability to find the net after two more goals from Cristiano Ronaldo guided them to a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo.Madrid created a host of clear opportunities in the first period but a combination of poor finishing and fine goalkeeping from Javi Varas meant it took until just after the hour mark for them to find the breakthrough as Ronaldo swept home a loose ball from close range. Celta levelled moments later when Iago Aspas’ effort deflected in off Pepe but Ronaldo rescued his side once more as he converted his 42nd goal of the season from the penalty spot 19 minutes from time after Varas had fouled Kaka.And despite Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain again failing to fire in front of goal, Karanka remains confident that both will eventually find the fine form they showed last season.“The important thing is to create the chances,” he told reporters.“Last year almost everything went in and this year that hasn’t been the case but, with time, they will start to score again.”Karanka was, though, frustrated with Madrid’s profligacy in front of goal which could even have cost them two points when Park Chu-Young headed against the crossbar for the hosts in stoppage time.“The first 20 minutes it was difficult for us to get into the game, we couldn’t find our rhythm, but in the last 15 minutes of the first-half we controlled the game better.“We could have killed the game off but the goals didn’t arrive. They had chances too and at the end they could have equalised which would have been a shame.”Jose Mourinho had taken the opportunity to rotate his squad once more as only four of the side that started the 2-1 victory over Manchester United in midweek also started at Balaidos.Pepe was one of those recalled to the line-up and he stressed that it is important for Los Blancos to continue winning in the league, even if the Champions League and Copa del Rey are now their primary targets.“We missed quite a lot of chances in the first-half but the team knew how to get through the difficult moments, fought hard and in the end the victory was deserved,” he said.“As Real Madrid players we are very concentrated on what we have to do.“It will be very difficult to fight for the league but any player that puts on the Madrid shirt always has to be motivated and honour the jersey.”Celta boss Abel Resino meanwhile thought his players deserved more for their efforts, but is looking forward to a huge match with Galician rivals Deportivo la Coruna on Friday, with both sides rooted in the bottom three.“The players are hurting because they have put in a great effort without getting any recompense,” he told reporters.“But we have to lift ourselves because on Friday we have to give everything at the Riazor.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more