Chief Justice issues new orders on Phase 3 pandemic procedures

On Thursday, July 2, Florida’s Chief Justice Charles Canady issued two new administrative orders to provide more detailed guidance on the four-phase system the state courts will use to govern pandemic operations, especially focusing on Phase 3.

Updated Administrative Order AOSC20-32. The first amended order revises AOSC20-32 originally issued on May 21, 2020. The July 2 amendments establish a certification process for moving to Phase 3 – the time when in-person contact is more broadly authorized and protective measures are relaxed.

Updated Administrative Order AOSC20-23. The second amended order revises AOSC20-23 originally issued on April 6, 2020. The original order suspended certain kinds of legal deadlines due to the pandemic. The July 2 amendments update those suspensions to address the new Phase 3 guidelines.

Statewide and local court emergency orders and advisories are available on the Florida Supreme Court’s website:

Source: Florida Supreme Court