IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO FLORIDA RULE OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION 2.240.
Original Proceeding - Florida Rules of Judicial
response to recent statutory and rule amendments changing the
county court civil and small claims jurisdictional limits,
the Court, on its own motion, amends Florida Rule of Judicial
Administration 2.240 (Determination of Need for Additional
Judges). See Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.140(g). We have
jurisdiction. See art. V, § 2(a), Fla. Const.
with the amendment to the county court jurisdictional limit
in section 34.01, Florida Statutes (2018) made by chapter
2019-58, section 9, Laws of Florida, we amend subdivision
(b)(1)(A)(i) of rule 2.240 to replace the $15, 000.01 minimum
claim amount for a circuit court civil case referenced in
that subdivision with a $30, 000.01 minimum claim amount. We
also amend subdivision (b)(1)(A)(ii) to replace the $5,
000.01 to $15, 000 claim range for a non-small-claims county
court civil case referenced in that subdivision with a $8,
000.01 to $30, 000 claim range, consistent with the
above-referenced statutory amendment and the recent amendment
to Florida Small Claims Rule 7.010 (Title and Scope), which
increased the small claims jurisdictional limit from $5, 000
to $8, 000. See In re Amends. to Fla. Rules of Civ. Pro.,
Fla. Small Claims Rules, & Fla. Rules of App.
Pro.-Jurisdiction, No. SC19-1354, slip op. at 3, 15
(Fla. Nov. 14, 2019).
the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration are amended as
reflected in the appendix to this opinion. New language is
indicated by underscoring; deletions are indicated by
struck-through type. The amendments shall become effective
January 1, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. 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
CANADY, C.J., and POLSTON, LABARGA, LAWSON, and MUÑIZ,
FILING OF A MOTION FOR REHEARING SHALL NOT ALTER THE
EFFECTIVE DATE OF THESE AMENDMENTS.
2.240. DETERMINATION OF NEED FOR ADDITIONAL JUDGES