From the Florida Supreme Court:
Chief Justice Charles Canady issued two new administrative orders August 12, 2020, amending guidelines for the four-phased timeline that will govern the return to normal statewide court operations. The four phases were established in prior orders issued since the state courts began pandemic operations in March, all based on recommendations of a COVID-19 Workgroup and general public health guidelines.
The Workgroup’s mission is to find ways for courts to operate as fully as possible during each phase of the pandemic. The Workgroup is chaired by Circuit Judge Lisa Taylor Munyon from the Orlando area.
The August 12, 2020, orders and an attached report amend the Comprehensive Measures and the Public Health & Safety Precautions that provide standards for pandemic operations in the state courts. They make the following major changes:
Florida’s courts have been operating under emergency guidelines since a March 13, 2020, order in which Canady suspended jury trials and took other actions restricting potential disease-spreading activities in the state courts. Some limited jury trials have resumed in parts of the state using remote technology for all or part of the proceedings.