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COVID-19 Protocol/Updates

Resources and COVID-19 protocol from the St. Pete Bar, The Florida Bar, The Florida Supreme Court and the Sixth Judicial Circuit. 



As the St. Petersburg Bar Association continues to support bar members by offering ongoing resources, this page provides updates from the courts as well as pertinent information related to working remotely, Florida Bar ethical obligations, staff protocol, IT security, and software support. We encourage members to review this page for daily/weekly updates. If we can provide additional support, please contact Executive Director Melissa Byers at mbyers@stpetebar.com


St. Petersburg Bar Association President's Messages

3-20-20 A message from SPBA President Tara Scott Lynn
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3-16-20 A message from SPBA President Tara Scott Lynn
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The S
ixth Judicial Circuit

To review all court updates including the additional
procedures that will go into effect Monday, March 23, 2020
Click here


Administrative Order No. 2020-009 PA/PI-CIR
CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC (COVID-19) - No Bond for
Quarantine/Isolation Violation
from Sixth Circuit Chief Judge Anthony Rondolino - signed 3/27/20
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Administrative Order No. 2020-008 PA/PI-CIR
CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC (COVID-19)
from Sixth Circuit Chief Judge Anthony Rondolino - signed 3/17/2020
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The Florida Supreme Court

ALL Florida Court COVID Emergency Orders are linked
to this Florida Supreme Court webpage
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Administrative Order In RE: COVID-19 
Emergency Procedures in the Florida State Courts 
from Chief Justice Charles Canady signed 3/13/2020
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The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar President's Message 
A Message from TFB President John Stewart
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Ethical Considerations for Florida Attorneys
The Florida Bar has added a FAQ page on ethics concerns regarding the
coronavirus crisis -  
Visit the page here. The Bar’s Ethics Hotline will be
available from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This service
is reserved for members of the bar in good standing. The hotline has very
limited staffing at this time, so you may experience a long hold time. 


Updates and information from The Florida Bar on COVID-19
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Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Professional Visitation Changes (attorneys)
for video visitation
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Seminars

B-Connected Seminars
The St. Pete Bar has partnered with the Broward County Bar Association to
offer "B-Connected" a library of recorded CLE's to help educate in various
issues attorneys and law firms face at this time. Webinars are provided in
different areas of law at a discounted rate to SPBA members. Click here
for more information.
 

ABA Seminars
The ABA has a collection of CLE seminars on COVID-19
which are free for ABA Members. For more information:
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Onepath Seminar - COVID-19 Security & Business Risks of Teleworking
Here's a link to the recording for your reference.


ATTICUS Seminar - 10 Ways Law Firms Can Prepare
A Free CLE - View the recording and download the materials
Click here


OTHER Free ATTICUS Seminars (all will be recorded):



Your Staff

Tips for Office Staff and Procedures
A Message from Employment Law Chair Meredith Gaunce 
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Programs and Other Information


For Small Business Resources including CARES Act information
from the Department of Management Services, State of Florida
Click Here 

Emergency Bridge Loan Program
Read the release from Governor Ron DeSantis regarding the program
Click here
For information on the program or to apply at www.floridadiasterloan.org
Click here
To take the Business Damage Assessment Survey
Click here
For an overview of the program provided by the law firm Johnson Pope
Click here

SBA Disaster Loan
Click here


Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Details of the proposed bill provided by the law firm Johnson Pope
Click here


Florida Department of Health


Florida Department of Health
Up to date information on COVID-19
Click here
Inquiries may be emailed to: COVID-19@flheath.gov