Fla.Rule.Jud.Admin Rule 2.516 – Service by Email (REVISED OPINION)

In re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, 37 Fla.L.Weekly S643 (Fla. 2012)

Revised opinion.  Eliminates provisions of Fla.R.Civ.P. Rule 1.080.  Adopts Fla.R.Jud.Admin. 2.516.  

Points:

  • All documents required or permitted to be served must be served by e-mail as of September 1, 2012.  (Service by US Mail NO LONGER REQUIRED).  Very limited exceptions.
  • Upon making appearance, attorney required to designate up to 3 emails for service
  • Must include designated emails in every pleading.
  • Not required for pro se litigants.
  • Service by email deemed complete when the e-mail is sent.
  • If you realize email did not go through, you must immediately correct.
  • E-mail service is treated as service by mail for computation of time.
  • Must attach document as .PDF to an email and send to all designated email addresses.
  • Subject line must begin with “SERVICE OF COURT DOCUMENT” in all caps followed by case number.
  • Body must contain caption (identify court, case number, parties’ names, title of pleading, name and phone number of person filing).
  • May be signed /s/ so long as original filed with the Court is properly signed.
  • Email size shall not exceed 5 MBs.  Large emails must be divided and sent as separate emails not exceeding 5 MB and sequentially numbered in subject line.
  • All original documents must be filed with the Court either before or immediately thereafter.

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