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RECENT RELEASES - FLORIDA SUPREME COURT
RULES OF TRAFFIC COURT--AMENDMENT--DEFINITIONS. The Court adopted amendments to rule 6.040 that "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."
PROBATE RULES--AMENDMENTS. After considering the regular-cycle report of proposed amendments to the Florida Probate Rules filed by the Florida Probate Rules Committee, the Court adopted proposed amendments, with certain revisions, to the following rules: 5.020 (Pleadings; Verification; Motions), 5.040 (Notice), 5.200 (Petition for Administration), 5.240 (Notice of Administration), 5.241 (Notice to Creditors), 5.275 (Burden of Proof in Will Contests), 5.320 (Oath of Personal Representative), 5.360 (Elective Share), 5.407 (Proceedings to Determine Family Allowance), 5.470 (Ancillary Administration), 5.490 (Form and Manner of Presenting Claim), 5.636 (Settlement of Minors' Claims), 5.649 (Guardian Advocate), 5.681 (Restoration of Rights of Person with Developmental Disability), 5.695 (Annual Guardianship Report), and 5.900 (Expedited Judicial Intervention Concerning Medical Treatment Procedures). The Court declined to adopt the proposed amendment to rule 5.499 (Form and Manner of Objecting to Personal Representative's Proof of Claim) that would have removed the timeframe within which an objection must be served on a claimant.
RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE--SMALL CLAIMS RULES--AMENDMENTS--JURISDICTION. Amendments were adopted to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure Form 1.997 (Civil Cover Sheet) and instructions and to Form 1.998 (Final Disposition Form) and instructions, and to Florida Small Claims Rule 7.010 (Title and Scope). The Court declined to adopt proposed amendments to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.030(b)(1) (Jurisdiction of District Courts of Appeal; Appeal Jurisdiction).