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In re Amendments To Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.240.

Supreme Court of Florida

December 12, 2019

IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO FLORIDA RULE OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION 2.240.

          Original Proceeding - Florida Rules of Judicial Administration

          PER CURIAM.

         In 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.

         Amendments

         Consistent 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).

         Accordingly, 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 Court.[1]

         It is so ordered.

          CANADY, C.J., and POLSTON, LABARGA, LAWSON, and MUÑIZ, JJ., concur.

         THE FILING OF A MOTION FOR REHEARING SHALL NOT ALTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THESE AMENDMENTS.

         APPENDIX

         RULE 2.240. DETERMINATION OF NEED FOR ADDITIONAL JUDGES

         (a) [No Change]

         (b) Criteria.

         (1) ...


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