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Appellate Practice Section Tallahassee Outreach Lunch. March 19, 2010 Thomas D. Hall Clerk of Court Florida Supreme Court. Florida Supreme Court Practice. Rules of Procedure Appellate Judicial Administration IOP’s Website – www.floridasupremecourt.org

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appellate practice section tallahassee outreach lunch

Appellate Practice SectionTallahassee Outreach Lunch

March 19, 2010

Thomas D. Hall

Clerk of Court

Florida Supreme Court

Florida Supreme Court Practice

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Rules of Procedure

    • Appellate
    • Judicial Administration
  • IOP’s
  • Website – www.floridasupremecourt.org
  • “Operation & Jurisdiction of Fla. S. Ct.” 29 Nova L. Rev. 433 (2005)
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Questions as we go.

  • What this is Not!!
    • How to write a better brief
    • How to do a better oral argument
stats
Stats
  • Discretionary Review Cases
    • 2004
      • Filed 1010
      • Accepted 82
        • % 8%
    • 2005
      • Filed 1055
      • Accepted 118
        • % 11%
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Stats (continued)
  • Discretionary Review Cases (continued)
    • 2006
      • Filed 1073
      • Accepted 152
        • % 14%
    • 2007
      • Filed 987
      • Accepted 139
        • % 14%
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Stats (continued)
  • Discretionary Review Cases (continued)
    • 2008
      • Filed 942
      • Accepted 81
        • % 8%
    • 2009
      • Filed 810
      • Accepted 100
        • % 12%
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Stats
  • Cases Filed 2426
  • Mandatory Review
    • Statutory or Constitutional Invalidity 177
      • Criminal 124
  • Discretionary Review
    • Statutory Validity 8
      • Civil 6
      • Criminal 2
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Stats (continued)
  • Discretionary Review (continued)
    • Constitutional Construction 16
      • Civil 11
      • Criminal 5
    • Class of Constitutional Officers 5
      • Civil 3
      • Criminal 2
    • Direct Conflict of Decisions 720
      • Civil 255
      • Criminal 465
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Stats (continued)
  • Discretionary Review (continued)
    • Certified Great Public Importance 27
      • Civil 20
      • Criminal 7
    • Certified Direct Conflict 22
      • Civil 9
      • Criminal 13
    • Certified Questions from U.S.S.C.

or U.S.C.A. 6

      • Civil 6
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Stats (continued)
  • Original Proceedings
    • Petition-Belated Discretionary Review 15
      • Civil 3
      • Criminal 12
  • Analysis of Case Dispositions
    • Opinions 47
      • Civil 30
      • Criminal 17
    • Per Curiam Opinions 169
      • Civil 71
      • Criminal 98
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Stats (continued)
  • Discretionary Review Cases Granted Review
    • Certified Direct Conflict 32
      • With Oral Argument 12
        • Civil 5
        • Criminal 7
      • Without Oral Argument 20
        • Criminal 20
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Stats (continued)
  • Discretionary Review Cases Granted Review (continued)
    • Certified Great Public Importance 22
      • With Oral Argument 12
        • Civil 9
        • Criminal 3
      • Without Oral Argument 10
        • Civil 3
        • Criminal 7
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Stats (continued)
  • Discretionary Review Cases Granted Review (continued)
    • Direct Conflict of Decisions 36
      • With Oral Argument 13
        • Civil 6
        • Criminal 7
      • Without Oral Argument 23
        • Civil 7
        • Criminal 16
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Stats (continued)
  • Total Discretionary Review Cases Granted Review 90
      • With Oral Argument 37
        • Civil 20
        • Criminal 17
      • Without Oral Argument 53
        • Civil 10
        • Criminal 43
getting started
GETTING STARTED
  • Invoking Jurisdiction
    • Appeal
    • Discretionary
    • Writ
notice of appeal
NOTICE OF APPEAL
  • Same rules as if regular appeal to DCA
  • Effective July 1, 2008, a $295 filing fee required for notice of cross-appeal, joinder or motion to intervene.
  • Note – not required for cross notice to involve discretionary jurisdiction.
motions
MOTIONS
  • Emergency Motions
    • Style motion heading with “emergency”
    • Give date certain when needed and why in first paragraph of pleading
    • Provide advance notice to clerk if late in day, otherwise the Court might be gone
    • Give position of other parties
    • Serve all parties by same method as court
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MOTIONS
  • Specific Motions
    • Extensions of time
      • File before due date
      • State reasons
      • Opposing counsel’s position must be stated
      • Give a date certain
      • If not ruled on by date requested - file
briefs
BRIEFS
  • Jurisdictional Briefs
    • Ten pages only – no enlargement of brief ever granted
    • Nothing in appendix but decision being appealed
supplemental authority
SUPPLEMENTAL AUTHORITY
  • Matters Discovered After Last Brief Filed
  • List Issues to Which it Applies
  • NO ARGUMENT
  • File Original and Seven Copies
  • Serve Opposing Counsel
important cases
Important Cases
  • Sims v. State, 998 So. 2d 494 (Fla. 2008)
  • Baker v. State, 878 So. 2d 1236 (Fla. 2004)
  • Tyson v. Florida Bar, 826 So. 2d 265 (Fla. 2002)
  • Logan v. State, 846 So. 2d 472 (Fla. 2003)
  • Johnson v. State, 974 So. 2d 363 (Fla. 2008)
rule 2 420 public access to judicial branch records
Rule 2.420. Public Access to Judicial Branch Records

Filers must identify the following information if contained within anything filed with the Court:

  • (i) Chapter 39 records relating to dependency matters, termination of parental rights, guardians ad litem, child abuse, neglect, and abandonment. § 39.0132(3), Fla. Stat.
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(ii) Adoption records. § 63.162, Fla. Stat.

  • (iii) Social Security, bank account, charge, debit and credit card numbers in court records. § 119.0714(1)(i)–(j), (2)(a)-(e), Fla. Stat. (Unless redaction is requested pursuant to 119.0714(2), this information is exempt only as of January 1, 2011.)
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(iv) HIV test results and patient identity within the HIV test results. § 381.004(3)(e), Fla. Stat.

  • (v) Sexually transmissible diseases - test results and identity within the test results. § 384.29, Fla. Stat.
  • (vi) Birth and death certificates, including court-issued delayed birth certificates and fetal death certificates. §§ 382.008(6), .025(1)(a), Fla. Stat.
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(vii) Identifying information in petition by minor for waiver of parental notice when seeking to terminate pregnancy. § 390.01116, Fla. Stat.

  • (viii) Identifying information in clinical mental health records under the Baker Act. § 394.4615(7), Fla. Stat.
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(ix) Records of substance abuse service providers which pertain to the identity, diagnosis, and prognosis of and service provision to individual clients of substance abuse service providers. § 397.501(7), Fla. Stat.

  • (x) Identifying information in clinical records of detained criminal defendants found incompetent to proceed or acquitted by reason of insanity. § 916.107(8), Fla. Stat.
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(xi) Estate inventories. § 733.604(1), Fla. Stat.

  • (xii) Victim’s address in domestic violence action on petitioner’s request. § 741.30(3), Fla. Stat.
  • (xiii) Information identifying victims of sexual offenses, including child sexual abuse. §§ 119.071(2)(h), .0714(1)(h), Fla. Stat.
  • (xiv) Gestational surrogacy records. § 742.16(9), Fla. Stat.
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(xv) Guardianship reports and orders appointing court monitors in guardianship cases. §§ 744.1076, .3701, Fla. Stat.

  • (xvi) Grand jury records. Ch. 905, Fla. Stat.
  • (xvii) Information acquired by courts and law enforcement regarding family services for children. § 984.06(3)-(4), Fla. Stat.
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(xviii) Juvenile delinquency records. § 985.04(1), .045(2), Fla. Stat.

  • (xix) Information disclosing the identity of persons subject to tuberculosis proceedings and Records of the Department of Health in suspected tuberculosis cases. §§ 392.545, .65, Fla. Stat.
ada accessibility proposed rule of judicial administration no number yet
ADA Accessibility – Proposed Rule of Judicial Administration (no number yet)
  • Accessibility. All documents that are transmitted to a court in any electronic form shall be formatted in a manner that complies with all state and federal laws requiring that electronic judicial records be accessible to persons with disabilities, including without limitation the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as incorporated into Florida law by section 282.603(1), Florida Statutes (2009), and any related federal or state regulations or administrative rules.
committee note
Committee Note
  • 2009 Amendment. Normally, any document filed in “Word” format, with the correct internal document formatting will satisfy the requirements of this rule. Such formatting includes appropriate coding for certain material, including but not limited to non-text, graphics, charts, and other specialized material, and pdf documents, so that readily available software can make such material accessible to persons with disabilities. The Florida Supreme Court website or materials made available by the Florida Supreme Court should be consulted for further technical information regarding document formatting in compliance with this rule.