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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

NOTE: Most questions can be answered by reading the Court's Internal Operating Procedures. Also visit the Supreme Court's FAQ page for additional help.

 

Question:

How do I obtain Standard Jury Instructions?

Answer:

Contact The Florida Bar at (850) 561-5600 for paper copies. On-line Instructions also are available.

 

Question:

What is the number for the Second Judicial Circuit?

Answer:

The phone number for the clerk’s office at the Second Judicial Circuit is (850) 577-4000.

 

Question:

How many copies of a pleading must I file?

Answer:

In the supreme court, attorneys in good standing are now required to file all pleadings electronically with the Florida Court eFiling Portal at www.myflcourtaccess.com and no paper copies are required or will be accepted. This requirement was effective on April 1, 2013; please see AOSC13-7. Pro se filers are required to submit the original in paper.

 

Question:

What if my case is not yet set up and my jurisdictional brief is due?

Answer:

If you are at the deadline for filing your jurisdictional brief or you must file some other document, and the case file has not yet been set up within the Portal to accept subsequent filings, then call the Clerk’s Office at (850) 488-0125.

 

Question:

How much is the filing fee?

Answer:

The filing fee for cases filed in the Florida Supreme Court is $300.00

 

Question:

How do I get a Certificate of Good Standing as a member of The Florida Bar?

Answer:

Send a letter to the clerk’s office requesting the certificate. You should include your name, Florida Bar number and a self addressed stamp envelope for return of the certificate.  The fee for a certificate is $7.00 per certificate.  Checks should be made payable to the “Clerk, Florida Supreme Court.”

Please send the request to:
Florida Supreme Court
Attention:  Clerk's Office
500 South Duval Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1927

IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY A MEMBER I GOOD STANDING YOU WILL NEED TO SUBMIT A REQUEST TO THE FLORIDA BAR AT 651 EAST JEFFERSON STREET, TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32399.

 

Question:

How do I officially change my name with The Florida Bar?

Answer:

Send a letter to the Supreme Court clerk’s office requesting your name be changed on the roll of attorneys. You should include your old name, your new name and your Florida Bar number. You should also include a self addressed stamp envelope for return of the order approving the change.

 

Question:

May I file pleadings by fax?

Answer:

No.

 

Question:

May I file pleadings by e-mail?

Answer:

NO.

If you are a member of The Florida Bar in good standing, then you may NOT file pleadings by e-mail unless you are specifically exempt from use of the Florida Courts eFiling Portal. (AOSC13-7)  

If you are a pro se filer or are a member of The Florida Bar, but not in good standing, then you may NOT e-mail a copy of your pleading.

NOTE: For additional information regarding filing with our office, please see the Clerk's Office Page Regarding filing information.

 

Question:

Where can I park when I appear at the Court for oral argument?

Answer:

Parking is available at the Kleman Plaza. For a map which shows the location of Kleman Plaza, click HERE. Note that the Florida Supreme Court is #7 and Kleman Plaza is #15. Driving Directions to this location also are available.

 

Question:

What is the correct font size and type for briefs?

Answer:

Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.210(a) requires all briefs that are computer-generated to be submitted in either Times New Roman 14-point font or Courier New 12-point font. These are the only font types that are acceptable. Also, all briefs that are computer-generated shall contain a certificate of compliance signed by the counsel, or the party if unrepresented, certifying that the brief complies with the font requirements of this rule. This certification shall be included right after the certificate of service.

 

Question:

May a corporation represent itself in court?

Answer:

While an individual may represent her or his interest in court without an attorney, a corporation is not permitted to do so through non-lawyer employees, officers, or shareholders. See Richter v. Higdon Homes, Inc., 544 So.2d 300 (Fla. 1st DCA 1989); Nicholson Supply Co. vs. First Federal Savings & Loan Assoc. of Hardee County, 184 So. 2d 438 (Fla. 2d DCA 1966).

 

Question:

What must a foreign attorney do to appear on behalf of a client  in the Florida Supreme Court?

Answer:

Attorneys who are members in good standing in other jurisdictions may be granted permission by court order to appear in proceedings in this Court. Submissions must be in compliance with both Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure 9.440(a) and the requirements contained in Florida Rules of Judicial Administration.

 

Question:

How do I expunge or seal my criminal record?

Answer:

You must apply to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The contact number is 850-410-7870.

 
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