TO ALL ATTORNEYS AND GENERAL PUBLIC
The 11th Circuit is in the process of developing its protocol with regard to the utilization of e-mail service by the Court pursuant to the Florida Supreme Court rule change to Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516 which may be found at http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2012/sc10-2101.pdf . While the Florida Supreme Court announced a deadline for attorney compliance of September 1, 2012, it did NOT include the courts in that mandate. For the court, it is optional, and at this time, we are evaluating how to best utilize this new process.
Given the size and scope of this Circuit, this is a challenging task that immediately affects family, civil and probate cases. As soon as we have developed our rules and procedures, they will be publicly announced and placed on the court’s website. In the interim:
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
- All attorneys and parties should comply with the new Rules of Judicial Administration with regard to service of pleadings in their cases. However, at this time, the Eleventh Circuit is NOT accepting e-mail service on the court.
- Please DO NOT add judicial or staff e-mails to your service lists.
- Please DO NOT call individual judicial assistants or court staff to inquire about the e-service plan and when it may be implemented. Any answers provided would be incomplete and potentially confusing until we have completed our across the board plan for e-mail service.
NOTE: Attorneys with cases in Circuit Civil Division should continue to use eCourtesy as provided by current procedures. Court orders will continue to be delivered by FAX. eCourtesy orders will not be sent out by e-mail until we have fully designed and implemented our circuit-wide plan.