Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Florida's Proposed Paralegal Regulation

The Jacksonville Record published a synopsis of the proposed paralegal rule program, provided by the Florida Bar. On Monday, the Supreme Court of Florida heard oral arguments on the proposed Florida Registered Paralegal rule, but did not give any indication as to how or when it will rule. Updates will be posted on the Florida Bar Association Web site.

Unlike other regulation proposals, the Florida Registered Paralegal proposal sets up a two-tier system. The first tier includes paralegals who are qualified by education, experience, or training and perform work directly under the supervision of a member of the Florida Bar. This allows those currently working as paralegals to continue their jobs. The second tier, which is not mandatory to continue working as a paralegal, specifies education and training or certification requirements.

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