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Posted on: June 30, 2021

FILERS MUST ALERT CLERKS TO CONFIDENTIAL INFO

Updated July 20, 2021

Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers has released a video detailing the effects of the Florida Supreme Court amendment to the Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420. Review the video and read deeper on the changes. 


Updated July 14, 2021

As a result of a recent Florida Supreme Court amendment to Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420, it has become the responsibility of the filer to notify the Clerk of Courts of confidential information in civil claims court filings. Filers are responsible for ensuring any confidential information contained in civil and small claims court records filed with the Clerk is identified for redaction.

All filers, including attorneys and self-represented litigants must:

  • File a Notice of Confidential Information in circuit civil, county civil and small claims court cases when filing documents with Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, or other confidential information.
  • Identify the precise location(s) of confidential information within the document, including each page number on which it appears.
  • Identify the type of confidential information or provision that applies to the identified information.

The amended rule affects small claims court filings and circuit and county court civil cases, except for Jimmy Ryce civil commitments, cases stemming from sexual assault, and medical malpractice filings. This rule change does not affect family, criminal, and juvenile cases.

 

Clerk Nikki Alvarez-Sowles recommends attorneys, legal professionals, self-represented litigants, and other individuals who file court documents review the amendment and become familiar with the rule change, so confidential information is not made public.


While the Clerk’s staff can answer procedural questions, the Office is prohibited from offering legal advice. 

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