Addressing “Coverage Attorneys” Posted January 9, 2016 by Tallahassee Bar Association


The Florida Bar
The Florida Bar News | Article | January 15, 2016
The Florida Bar Board of Governors at its December meeting in Naples endorsed procedural rule amendments that govern how lawyers appear in cases and expand the ability of attorneys to make limited appearances. The board ratified recommendations that came from the Rules of Judicial Administration, the Criminal Procedure Rules, and Appellate Court Rules committees. RJA Committee Chair Amy Borman said the issue began when her committee looked at how attorneys entered and left cases and how attorneys arranged for others to cover for them when they couldn’t be in court. The problem was exacerbated by a lack of definition of what a lead attorney is or even what an appearance is. So in the rule amendments, Borman said, the committee defined that there are lead counsel, additional counsel, and limited representation counsel.