IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO FLORIDA RULE OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION 2.230.
FILING OF A MOTION FOR REHEARING SHALL NOT ALTER THE
EFFECTIVE DATE OF THESE AMENDMENTS.
Original Proceeding - Florida Rules of Judicial
Court, on its own motion, amends Florida Rule of Judicial
Administration 2.230(e) (Trial Court Budget Commission;
Membership and Organization). See Fla. R. Jud. Admin.
Court published the amendments to rule 2.230 for comment. No
comments were filed. The Court now amends that rule as
follows. Subdivision (e) of rule 2.230 is amended to provide
that the Chief Justice will appoint members to the Trial
Court Budget Commission "who are from different levels
of court (circuit or county)." Subdivision (e)(1) is
amended to require the membership of the Commission to
include a minimum of twelve, rather than fourteen, trial
judges and a minimum of five, rather than seven, trial court
administrators. Language in subdivision (e)(5) addressing
appointment of original Commission members is deleted as
obsolete. The last paragraph of the rule is moved to
subdivision (e)(5) and new language is added providing that
voting members may serve "no more than two full
terms" and "[n]otwithstanding that limitation, the
chief justice may appoint a member for additional terms if
[this Court] determines it is in the best interests of the
trial courts." Language is added to the last sentence
providing that appointment to serve the remainder of a
departing member's term "shall not count toward the
limitation on the number of terms."
the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration are amended as
set forth in the appendix to this opinion. New language is
indicated by underscoring; deletions are indicated by
struck-through type. The amendments shall become effective
immediately upon the release of this opinion.
CANADY, C.J., and POLSTON, LABARGA, LAWSON, LAGOA, LUCK, and
MUÑIZ, JJ., concur.
2.230. TRIAL COURT BUDGET COMMISSION (a) - (d) [No
Membership and Organization. The Trial Court Budget
Commission will be composed of 21 voting members appointed by
the chief justice who will be trial court judges and
trial court administrators and who will represent the
interests of the trial courts generally rather than the
individual interests of a particular circuit, level of
court, or division. The respective presidents of the
Conference of Circuit Court Judges,
and the Conference of County Court Judges, and the chair of the Commission on Trial Court
Performance and Accountability shall serve as ex officio
nonvoting members of the Ccommission. The chief
justice will make appointments to ensure that the broad
interests of the trial courts are represented by including
members who are from different levels of court (circuit
or county), who have experience in different divisions,
who have expertise in court operations or administrative
matters, and who offer geographic, racial, ethnic, and gender
The membership must include 14a
minimum of 12 trial court judges and 7a minimum of 5 trial court
(4) [No Change](5)The original members of the commission will be ...