In Re: Amendments to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.453

Supreme Court of Florida

In Re: Amendments to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.453
Supreme Court of Florida
3/30/23; Per Curiam
Topics: Rules of Civil Procedure (Florida)

The Supreme Court of Florida has given birth to a brand new baby rule of civil procedure! Rule 1.453 articulates how trial courts are to proceed when a juror in a civil case asks for trial transcripts or asks for trial testimony to be read or played back. If a juror asks for a readback or playback of trial testimony, the trial court may, after giving notice to counsel for the parties, read or play back the testimony in open court.

In the alternative, the trial court may, in its discretion, respond to the request in writing, as long as the parties are afforded an opportunity to place objections on the record. If a juror asks for trial transcripts, the trial court must notify the jury that transcripts are unavailable but that a request for a readback or playback may be made and that such a request may or may not be granted at the court’s discretion.¬†

https://supremecourt.flcourts.gov/content/download/864780/opinion/sc2022-0803.pdf

Terry P. Roberts
Terry@YourChampions.com
Director of Appellate Practice Fischer Redavid PLLC
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