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RECENT RELEASES - FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE--AMENDMENTS. The Court amended rule 1.510 (Summary Judgment) and adopted new rule 1.202 (Conferral Prior to Filing Motions). Rule 1.510 was amended "to tie the deadline to respond to a motion for summary judgment to the date of service of the motion rather than to the hearing date," a change which "will help ensure adherence to the deadlines set forth in the case management orders required under rule 1.200 (Case Management; Pretrial Procedure) and 1.201 (Complex Litigation)," as amended in a separate opinion. New rule 1.202 was adopted to require parties to confer before filing non-dispositive motions. Interested persons have 75 days from the date of the Court's opinion in which to file comments with the Court.
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RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE--AMENDMENT--CASE MANAGEMENT--DISCOVERY. The Court adopted various amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, creating "a framework for the active case management of civil cases with a focus on adhering to deadlines established early based on the complexity of the case, while providing room for customization by judicial circuit given the varying levels of volume, resources, and available automation." The amendments also alter discovery by requiring certain initial disclosures, imposing a duty to supplement, and requiring that discovery be proportional to the needs of the case. "The amendments, which are intended to promote the fair and timely resolution of civil cases, shall become effective January 1, 2025."
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CRIMINAL LAW--SEARCH AND SEIZURE--TRAFFIC STOP--DOG SNIFF--REMOVAL FROM VEHICLE. The Court held that "binding Fourth Amendment precedent permits a K-9 officer arriving midway through a lawful traffic stop to command the driver to exit the vehicle for officer safety before conducting a lawful vehicle sweep."
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