​​​PROPOSED CHANGES TO FLORIDA BAR RULES *
* For pending and completed rules cases, see Florida Supreme Court's website ("Rule Cases" or "Proposed Rules").
* For pending petitions, see Florida Bar "Rules Update" web page.



Biennial rule changes (various rules, see below) filed with Supreme Court in October 2018 (Case No. SC18-1683)
     Florida Bar's Petition 
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes

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     Text of Proposed Rule Changes with REASONS for Changes
     RULES [].



Order adopting "Temporary Supervised Practice Program" for July 2020 bar exam applicants, issued by Supreme Court in August 2020 (Admin. Order No. AOSC20-80)
     Text of Press Release and Order
ORDER ISSUED August 24, 2020 [In re: COVID-19 Emergency Measures Relating to the 2020 Bar Applicants – Creation of the Temporary Supervised Practice Program (Admin. Order No. AOSC20-80, 8/24/2020)].


Proposed rule change to adopt emergency rule to replace July 2020 bar exam with path to admission with examination filed with Supreme Court in August 2020 (Case No. SC20-1236)
     Petition by more than 50 Bar members (including proposed rules)
RULES NOT ADOPTED September 3, 2020 (In re: Petition to Amend the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar and the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, __ So.3d __ (Fla., Case No. 20-1236, 9/3/2020), 2020 WL 5494607)].



Proposed rule change to create "Registered Online Service Provider Program" (Chapter 23) filed with Supreme Court in December 2020 (Case No. SC19-2077)
          (Proposed Chapter 23, "Registered Online Service Provider Program")

Proposed rule change to allow military spouse applicants to serve as certified legal interns pending admission filed with Supreme Court in November 2019 (Case No. SC19-1861)
     RULE AS ADOPTED May 21, 2020 (Effective July 20, 2020) [In re: Amendment to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 21-4.1, ___ So.3d ___ (Fla., No. SC19-1861, 5/21/2020), 2020 WL 2569713].


Proposed rule change to Rule 3-6.1, employment of suspended or disbarred lawyers filed with Supreme Court in October 2019 (Case No. SC19-1688)     
     Florida Bar's Petition
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes with REASONS for Changes
RULE AS ADOPTED May 28, 2020 (Effective July 27, 2020)  [In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar – Rule 3-6.1, 295 So.3d 1147 (Fla., No. SC19-1688, 5/28/2020), 2020 WL 2759744].


Proposed rule change to Rule 1-3.2(b), conditionally admitted members filed with Supreme Court in August 2019 (Case No. SC19-1335)
     Petition filed by 50 Bar members
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes
          
(Proposed deletion of Rule 1-3.2(b), to be replaced with new Rule 3-4.8)
     RULES AS ADOPTED September 3, 2020 (Effective September 3, 2020) [In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar – Rule 1-3.2(b), __ SO.3d __ (Fla., No. SC19-1335, 9/3/2020), 2020 WL 5246658].



Proposed rule change on advertising as "specialist" or "expert" filed with Supreme Court in December 2018 (Case No. SC18-2019)
     Florida Bar's Petition (with Appendices)
          (Proposed change to Rule 4-7.14 as directed by Supreme Court (229 So.3d 1154) as a result of Searcy v. Florida Bar, 140 F.Supp. 3d 1290 (N.D. Fla. 2015)
     RULE AS ADOPTED June 27, 2019 (Effective August 26, 2019) [In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 4-7.14, 274 So.3d 1046 (Fla., No. SC18-2019, 6/27/2019), 2019 WL 2621144].


Biennial rule changes (various rules, see below) filed with Supreme Court in October 2018 (Case No. SC18-1683)
         (Proposed changes to rules re fee payments by credit card (4-1.5(h), imputed disqualification (4-1.10, Comment), collaborative law (4-1.19), and CLE requirements for "professionalism" (6-10.3))
     RULES AS ADOPTED January 4, 2019 (Effective March 5, 2019)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar - Biennial Petition, 267 So.3d 891 (Fla., No. SC18-1683, 1/4/2019), 2019 WL 98246].


Proposed ban on qualifying providers referring to multiple professions filed in June 2018 (Case No. SC18-881)
     Florida Bar's Petition (with Appendices)
     
          (Proposed Rule 4-7.22(d)(5))
          RULE NOT ADOPTED April 15, 2019  [In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating Florida Bar 4-7.22 (Fla., No. SC18-881, 4/15/2019)]. 


Military spouse rule (Chapter 21) filed with Supreme court in January 2018 (Case No. SC18-158)
     Florida Bar's Petition
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes
         
(Proposed Chapter 21, Military Spouse Authorization to Engage in the Practice of Law in Florida)
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes with REASONS for Changes
     RULES AS ADOPTED July 19, 2018 (Effective September 17, 2018)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar - Military Spouse Rules, 249 So.3d 1256 (Fla., No. SC18-158, 7/19/2018), 2018 WL 3614147.]. 



Member petition to amend rules regarding discipline for advancing frivolous positions filed in November 2017 (Case No. SC17-1965)
    Petition filed by Bar members, Text of Proposed Rule Changes, and Text of Proposed Rule Changes with REASONS for Changes
         
(Proposed amendments to Rules 3-4.3 and 3-5.3, and to Comments to Rules 3-5.3 and 4-3.1)
     RULES NOT ADOPTED May 25, 2018  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar - Rules 3-4.3, 3-5.3, and 4-3.1, Order (Fla., No. SC17-1965, 5/25/2018)]



Short-term limited representation through non-profit organizations filed with Supreme Court in March 2017 (Case No. SC17-458)
    Florida Bar's Petition
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes
         
(Proposed new Rule 4-6.6 and amendments to Rule 4-1.2(c))
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes with REASONS for Changes
     RULES AS ADOPTED October 19, 2017 (Effective November 20, 2017)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar - Rules 4-1.2 and 4-6.6, 228 So.3d 1117 (Fla., No. SC17-458, 10/19/2017), 2017 WL 4684220]



Military spouse rule (Chapter 21) filed with Supreme court in February 2017 (Case No. SC17-156)
     Florida Bar's Petition
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes
         
(Proposed Chapter 21, Military Spouse Authorization to Engage in the Practice of Law in Florida)
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes with REASONS for Changes
     RULES NOT ADOPTED; Order DISMISSING petition  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar - Chapter 21 Military Spouse Authorization to Engage in the Practice of Law in Florida, 232 So.3d 271 (Fla., SC17-156, 17-230, 12/14/2017), 2017 WL 6379469] 



Biennial rule changes (housekeeping) filed with Supreme Court in October 2016 (Case No. SC16-1963)
     Florida Bar's Petition
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes

          (Proposed changes to Chapter 11, Law School Practice Program)
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes with REASONS for Changes
     RULES NOT ADOPTED April 13, 2017  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar - Rules 11-1.3 and 11-1.9 (Biennial Petition), 214 So.3d 1232 (Fla., No. SC16-1963, 4/13/2017), 2017 WL 1366957]



Biennial rule changes (housekeeping) filed with Supreme Court in October 2016 (Case No. SC16-1962)
     Florida Bar's Petition
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes
         
(Housekeeping rule change proposals)
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes with REASONS for Changes
     RULES AS ADOPTED November 9, 2017 (Effective 2/1/2018)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Biennial Petition Housekeeping), 234 So.3d 632 (Fla., No. SC16-1962, 11/9/2017), 2017 WL 7312815]


Biennial rule changes (various rules, see below) filed with Supreme Court in October 2016 (Case No. SC16-1961)
     Florida Bar's Petition
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes

          (Proposed changes to rules re gifts from clients (4-1.8(c), settling malpractice claims (4-1.8(h), notifying clients when leaving a firm (4-5.8), advertising as a "specialist" or "expert" (4-7.14), contacting prospective clients (4-1.18), holding trust funds in credit unions (5-1.1), and obligations as to disputed funds held in trust (5-1.1))
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes with REASONS for Changes
     Comments filed by Tim Chinaris
     RULES AS ADOPTED November 9, 2017 (Effective 2/1/2018)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Biennial Petition), 234 So.3d 577 (Fla., No. SC16-1961, 11/9/2017), 2017 WL 57312814]


Proposed Rule 4-1.19 regarding Collaborative Law Process in family law cases filed with Supreme Court in September 2016 (Case No. SC16-1685)
          (Proposed addition of Rule 4-1.19 and amendment to Family Law Rules)
     RULES AS ADOPTED May 18, 2017 (Effective 7/1/2017)  [In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 4-1.19 and Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.745 (Collaborative Law Process), 218 So.3d 440 (Fla., No. SC16-168, 5/18/2017), 2017 WL 2210620]


Proposed changes regarding lawyer referral service rules ("qualifying providers") filed with Supreme Court in August 2016 (Case No. SC16-1470)
    Florida Bar's Petition
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes
         
(Proposed changes to Rules 4-7.12, 4-7.13, 4-7.16, 4-.17, 4-7.22, 4-7.23 re private lawyer referral services)
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes with REASONS for Changes
     Order DISMISSING case without prejudice (May 3, 2017)

     RULES AS ADOPTED Mar. 8, 2018 (Effective 4/30/2018))  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar - Subchapter 4-7 (Lawyer Referral Services), 238 So.3d 164 (Fla., No. SC16-1470, 3/8/2018), 2018 WL 1193467]


Proposed technology-related rule amendments filed with Supreme Court in April 2016 (Case No. 16-574)
          (Proposed changes to Rule 4-1.1 re competence and technology; proposed addition of 3 hours each 3 years of technology CLE)
     RULES AS ADOPTED Sept. 29, 2016 (Effective 1/1/2017)  [In re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 4-1.1 and 6-10.3, __ So.3d __ (Fla., No. SC16-574, 9/29/2016), 2016 WL 5623827]


Proposed lien and subrogation resolution rule (Rule 4-1.5(f)(4)(E)) filed with Supreme Court in January 2016 (Case No. SC16-104)
    Florida Bar's Petition
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes

          (Proposed changes to Rule 4-1.5 re lien and subrogation services, including fees for those services)
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes with REASONS for Changes
     RULE NOT ADOPTED Oct. 6, 2016  [In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 4-1.5 -- Fees and Costs for Legal Services, 202 So.3d 37 (Fla., No. SC16-104, 10/6/2016), 2016 WL 5853028]



Biennial proposed rule changes (Rule 4-7.22, lawyer referral services) filed with Supreme Court in October 2014  (Case No. SC14-2126)
          (Proposed changes to Rule 4-7.22, lawyer referral services)
     Court's opinion rejecting proposal and referring matter back to Bar, Sept. 24, 2015  [In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 7-7.22 -- Lawyer Referral Services, 175 So.3d 779 (Fla., No. SC14-2126, 9/24/2015), 2015 WL 5601496]

Biennial proposed rule changes (Rule 4-1.5, attorney's fees and expenses) filed with Supreme Court in October 2014 (Case No. SC14-2112)
          (Proposed changes to Rule 4-1.5, including fees for lien resolution services)
     RULE AS ADOPTED and granting of stay Sept. 17, 2015 (Effective 10/1/2015) [In re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 4-1.5 -- Fees and Costs for Legal Services, 175 So.3d 276 (Fla., No. SC14-2112, 9/17/2015), 2015 WL 5445616]

Biennial rule changes filed with Supreme Court in October 2014 (Case No. SC14-2088) -- including revised petition filing
     Florida Bar's Petition
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes
          (Biennial rule change proposals including: diversion from disciplinary process, confidentiality, supervision of nonlawyer)
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes with REASONS for Changes
     RULES AS ADOPTED June 12, 2015  (Effective 10/1/2015) [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Biennial Petition), 167 So.3d 412 (Fla., No. SC14-2088, 6/11/2015), 2015 WL 3617835]

     Florida Bar's REVISED Petition (Proposed Lien Resolution Rule)
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes
          (Fees for extraordinary lien resolution services)

Biennial rule changes (housekeeping) filed with Supreme Court in October 2014 (Case No. SC14-2107)
          (Housekeeping rule change proposals)
     RULES AS ADOPTED May 21, 2015  (Effective 10/1/2015)  [In re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Biennial Petition Housekeeping), 164 So.3d 1217 (Fla., No. SC14-2107, 5/21/2015), 2015 WL 2401253]

Multiple rule changes filed with Supreme Court in October 2012  (Case No. SC12-2234)
          (Biannual rule change proposals including:  disciplined lawyers' activities (Rule 3-6.1); clarifying "rehabilitation" for reinstatement of disciplined lawyers (Rule 3-7.10); clarifying conflict rules for related lawyers (Rule 4-1.7); removing example of confidential information in Comment to former client conflict rule (Comment, Rule 4-1.9); payments to fact witnesses (Rule 4-3.4(b)); pro bono service (Rule 4-6.5); barring nonlawyers from policy-making positions in law firms (Rule 4-8.6(c)); trust account regulations on wire transfers, law firm plans specifying lawyers responsible for handling trust accounts (Rule 5-1.2))
     RULES AS ADOPTED May 29, 2014  (Effective 6/1/2014)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Biennial Report), 140 So.3d 541 (Fla., No. SC12-2234, 3/27/2014) (revised opinion).

Changes to lawyer advertising rules (Subchapter 4-7) filed with Supreme Court on July 5, 2011  (Case No. SC11-1327)
     Text of Proposed Rule Changes (legislative format)
     RULES AS ADOPTED January 31, 2013  (Effective 5/1/2013)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – Subchapter 4-7, Lawyer Advertising Rules, 108 So.3d 609 (Fla. 1/31/2013)]

Changes to Rule 10-9.1 filed with Supreme Court in April 2011 (Case. No. SC11-649)
  Florida Bar's Petition
          (Rules governing UPL advisory opinions in light of Goldberg v. Merrill Lynch Credit Corp., 35 So.3d 905 (Fla. 2010)
     RULE AS ADOPTED January 26, 2012 (Effective 4/1/2012)  [In re Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar - 10-9.1(Procedures for Issuance of Advisory Opinions on the Unlicensed Practice of Law), 82 So.3d 66 (Fla., No. SC11-649, 1/26/2012)]

Multiple rule changes filed with Supreme Court in October 2010  (Case No. SC10-1967)
          (Biannual proposals including:  pro hac appearances (Comment, Rule 1-3.10); lien resolution fees (Rule 4-1.5); fees for probate/guardianship filings (Comment, Rule 4-1.5); reporting misconduct (Rule 4-8.3); temporary practice by out of state lawyers after disasters (Rules 1-3.2, 4-5.5); trust account records, signing trust checks, wire transfers (Rule 5-1.2)
     Comments filed by Tim Chinaris (re proposed Rule 5-1.2(d), "Signing Trust Account Checks")
     RULES AS ADOPTED April 12, 2012 (Effective 7/1/2012)  [In re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Biannual Report), 101 So.3d 807 (Fla., No. SC10-1967, 4/12/2012)]

Multiple proposed rule changes filed with Supreme Court in October 2010  (Case No. SC10-1968)

     Florida Bar's Petition

          (Biannual "housekeeping" proposals including:  lawyers as court-appointed mediators (Comments, Rules 4-1.12, 4-2.4))

     RULES AS ADOPTED July 7, 2011 (Effective 10/1/2011)  [In re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Biannual Report Housekeeping), 67 So.3d 1037 (Fla., No. SC10-1968, 7/7/2011)]

Changes to Rule 4-7.6, "Computer-Accessed Communications"  (Case No. SC10-1014)
          (Proposals re disclaimers to allow posting on websites of past results, testimonials, and statements characterizing quality of services as "information upon request")
     Bar's Motion to Dismiss
     Order Denying Bar's Motion to Dismiss

Changes to Rule 4-7.1 and Rule 4-7.2 (use of title "judge" by former or retired judges)  (Case No. SC10-437)
     Bar's Motion to Dismiss

Proposed changes to Rule 4-7.1 (Lawyer-to-Lawyer and Lawyer-to-Client Communications)  (Case No. SC09-394)
     RULES AS ADOPTED July 8, 2010 (Effective 10/1/2010)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, 41 So.3d 176 (Fla., No. SC09-394, 7/8/2010)

Multiple changes filed with Supreme Court in October 2008  (Case No. SC08-1890)
          (Rules 4-1.5 (nonrefundable fees); 4-1.8 and Comment (gifts from and advances to clients); 4-1.9 (disclosing former client confidences); 4-3.3 (applicability to 3rd-party neutrals, conformity with ABA model rule, client perjury); 4-7.2 (celebrities and sounds in ads); 4-7.4 (direct mail ads in domestic injunction cases); 4-7.5 (nonlawyer spokespersons in TV, radio ads); 4-7.7 (content of required ad filings); 4-7.10 (accepting referrals from, and broadening definition of, lawyer referral services); 4-8.4 (sex with clients); 5-1.1 (overdraft protection for trust accounts banned); 5-1.2 (trust account records kept electronically))
     RULES AS ADOPTED November 19, 2009 (Effective 2/1/2010)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, 24 So.3d 63 (Fla., No. SC08-1890, 11/19/2010)

Rule change re Internet advertising by lawyers filed with Supreme Court in February 2008  (Case No. SC08-1181)
     Text of Proposed Rule Change  (amendments to Rule 4-7.6, "Computer-Accessed Communications")
     COURT'S INITIAL DENIAL OF PROPOSED RULE CHANGES February 27, 2009  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar -- Rule 4-7.6, Computer Accessed Communications, 34 Fla.L.Weekly S261 (Fla., No. SC08-1181, 2/27/2009) (opinion withdrawn on grant of rehearing; see 24 So.3d 172)]
     RULE AS ADOPTED November 19, 2009 (Effective 1/1/2010)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar -- Rule 4-7.6, Computer Accessed Communications, 24 So.3d 172 (Fla., No. SC08-1181, 11/19/2009) (revised opinion)]

Rule change re multijurisdictional practice of law filed with Supreme Court in June 2007  (Case No. SC07-1844)
          (amendments to Rule 1-3.11, Rule 4-5.5, and R.Jud.Admin. 2.510)
     RULES AS ADOPTED September 11, 2008 (Effective 1/1/2009)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and the Rules of Judicial Administration -- Multijurisdictional Practice of Law, 991 So.2d 842 (Fla., No. SC07-1844, 9/11/2008)]

Rule change creating "Florida Registered Paralegal Program" filed with Supreme Court in August 2006  (Case No. SC06-1622)  [click here for more information on Program]
          (creation of 2-tiered paralegal registration program, including Code of Ethics and Responsibility and discipline system)
     RULES AS ADOPTED November 15, 2007 (Effective 3/1/2008)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar -- Florida Registered Paralegal Program, 969 So.2d 360 (Fla., No. SC 06-1622, 11/15/2007)]

Rule change request filed with Supreme Court in April 2006  (Case No. SC06-736)
          (annual rules filing, including:  fee contracts providing for arbitration of lawyer-client fee disputes)
     RULES AS ADOPTED December 20, 2007 (Effective 3/1/2008)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, 978 So.2d 91 (Fla., No. SC07-736, 12/20/2007)]

Rule change request filed by bar members re medical malpractice constitutional "Amendment 7" and fees  (Case No. SC05-1150)
     Petition by 50 bar members (including former Chief Justice Stephen Grimes)
     Text of Proposed Rule Change filed by Florida Bar on February 23, 2006 (scroll to "Exhibit C")
     RULE AS ADOPTED September 28, 2006 (Effective 9/28/2006)  [In re: Amendment to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar -- Rule 4-1.5(f)(4)(B) of the Rules of Professional Conduct, 939 So.2d 1032 (Fla., No. SC05-1150, 9/28/2006)]

Rule change request filed with Supreme Court in December 2005  (Case No. SC05-2194)
          (advertising rule changes proposed by Bar's Advertising Task Force 2004)
     RULES AS INITIALLY ADOPTED November 2, 2006 (Effective 1/1/2007)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar -- Advertising, 31 Fla.L.Weekly S767 (Fla., No. SC05-2194, 11/2/2006), 2006 WL 3093126)]
     REVISED OPINION December 20, 2007 (Effective 2/1/2008)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar -- Advertising, 971 So.2d 763 (Fla., No. SC05-2194, 12/20/2007)]

Rule change request filed with Supreme Court in February 2005  (Case No. SC05-206)
     Florida Bar's Petition
          (annual rules filing, including:  fees and costs; payments to non-lawyer employees; contacts with firm clients by lawyer leaving law firm; increase in advertising review fee)
     RULES AS ADOPTED October 6, 2005 (Effective 1/1/2006)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida, 916 So.2d 655 (Fla., No. SC05-206, 10/6/2005)]

Rule change request filed with Supreme Court in December 2004  (Case No. SC04-2246)
          ("Ethics 2000" changes to Rules of Professional Conduct)
     RULES AS ADOPTED March 23, 2006 (Effective 5/22/2006)  [In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, 933 So.2d 417 (Fla., No. SC04-2246, 3/23/2006)]

Rule change request filed with Supreme Court in February 2003  (Case No. 04-135)
          (multijurisdictional practice rule changes, including Rules of Judicial Admin., Rules Regulating The Florid Bar Ch. 3, Rule of Professional Conduct 4-5.5)
     RULES AS ADOPTED May 12, 2005 (Effective 1/1/2006)  [In re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, 907 So.2d 1138 (Fla., No. SC04-135, 5/12/2005)]




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