Retroactive Application of Law to Cases Pending on Appeal

Occasionally, while an appeal is pending, the law changes in a way that could affect the outcome of the case.  Therefore, appellate attorneys should be prepared to discuss whether a party whose case is pending on appeal may take advantage of a newly enacted or amended statute or a new court ruling. A new...

Constitution Revision Commission Update

April 9, 2018 by Courtney Brewer And then there were twelve . . . or is it twenty-four? After a series of public hearings and meetings over the course of the last month, the CRC has whittled the proposals down to twelve potential amendments.  But since there is no single subject limitation on CRC...

Appellate Practice Section Members Donate More Than 1,000 Hours of Pro Bono Time to the Guardian ad Litem Office

“It’s going like gangbusters.”

Constitution Revision Commission Update

February 16, 2018 The CRC wrapped up committee meetings in early February and is now traveling the state holding public hearings.  To find out if there is a public hearing coming to a venue near you (they are being held throughout February, March, April, and May), you can check that schedule out here:...

Constitution Revision Commission Update – February 2, 2018

February 2, 2018 After a couple of full weeks of committee meetings, the Legislative Committee has some updates to report on the CRC, one of which is of particular note. Proposal 81, which sought to make all meetings of the judicial branch open to the public and subject to public records law, was...

Constitution Revision Commission Update

January 22, 2018 The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) is in full swing with committee meetings scheduled throughout January. The Appellate Practice Section’s Legislative Committee[*] has identified several Commissioner Proposals that I am monitoring due to their potential impact on the court system or...

Harmless Error Redefined

Spring 2015 By E. Lugo The harmless error standard applicable to civil cases has changed.  Late last year, the Florida Supreme Court held that an error is harmless if “the error complained of did not contribute to the verdict” or “there is no reasonable possibility that the error complained of contributed...

The Accidental Jurist

Suggestions for the Reluctant Traveler to the Appellate Forum by David W. Henry The internal procedures2 of the Florida Supreme Court, the appellate decisionmaking process,3 and jurisdiction4 in the appellate courts are well noted. However, as a result of the 1980 amendments to the Florida Constitution, the...