IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO the FLORIDA RULES OF TRAFFIC COURT-RULE 6.040.
Original Proceeding - Florida Rules of Traffic Court
Karmelin, Chair, Traffic Court Rules Committee, West Palm
Beach, Florida; and Joshua E. Doyle, Executive Director, and
Heather Savage Telfer, Staff Liaison, The Florida Bar,
Tallahassee, Florida, for Petitioner
Court has for consideration amendments to Florida Rule of
Traffic Court 6.040 (Definitions) proposed by The Florida
Bars Traffic Court Rules Committee and approved by the Board
of Governors of The Florida Bar. The Court has
jurisdiction and adopts the amendments as proposed.
amendments to rule 6.040 reorganize the existing subdivisions
of the rule, amend the definition of "courts" in
subdivision (d) of the rule, and add several additional
subdivisions to the rule to provide new definitions. New
subdivision (w) of the rule contains the definition of
"victim" found in article I, section 16(e) of the
Florida Constitution. The other new subdivisions contain
various statutory definitions found in section 322.01,
Florida Statutes (2019), including a definition recently
added by chapter 2019-167, section 8, Laws of Florida, which
became effective October 1, 2019. See ch. 2019-167,
§ 156, Laws of Fla. Finally, a new committee note is added
explaining the amendments.
Accordingly, the Florida Rules of Traffic Court are amended
as reflected in the appendix to this opinion. New language is
indicated by underscoring; deletions are indicated by
struck-through type. The committee note is offered for
explanation only and is not adopted as an official part of
the rules. The amendments shall take effect immediately upon
the release of this opinion. Because the amendments were
not published for comment prior to their adoption, interested
persons shall have seventy-five days from the date of this
opinion in which to file comments with the
FILING OF A MOTION FOR REHEARING SHALL NOT ALTER THE
EFFECTIVE DATE OF THESE AMENDMENTS.
C.J., and POLSTON, LABARGA, LAWSON, LAGOA, LUCK, and
MUÑIZ, JJ., concur.