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We Need Your Help: 2018 High School Essay Contest

The Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division has launched an essay contest for high school students in all area schools geographically located in the Jacksonville Division. We need Jax Fed Bar members to help spread the word and to assist in the grading of the submissions. If you have any personal contacts at either public or private high schools in Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties or you would like to volunteer to grade submissions (a brief training and grading rubric will be provided), please reach out to Suzanne Judas via email at

An Informational flyer about the Essay Contest is available here. Additional information about the Essay Contest is available here.

Thank you for helping with this exciting outreach initiative. As a matter of note, family members of Jax Fed Bar members and family members of the judiciary and the Court are not eligible to enter the contest.


Federal Court Community Outreach Program

The Middle District of Florida’s Bench Bar Committee has approved a pilot project in the Jacksonville Division to greatly expand the Court’s Community Outreach Program. The Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will be the project’s sponsoring organization and Suzanne Judas, who recently retired after a long and successful career with Holland & Knight, has agreed to serve as the inaugural coordinator. The project’s goal is to foster civics education for students and adults as well as to promote a better understanding of the court system. There will be many opportunities for interested members to become involved. Suzanne may be reached at We look forward to bringing you more news about this exciting project in the weeks and months to come!

The Middle District of Florida’s Administrative Procedures For Electronic Filing Have Been Updated

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida has published a revised version of its Administrative Procedures for Electronic Filing. These mandatory procedures provide directions on using CM/ECF. Additional guidance, including the Court’s CM/ECF User Manual, is available on the Court’s website. Attorneys may also call the Clerk’s Office with any questions.

M.D. Fla. Administrative Procedures for Electronic Filing

The Middle District of Florida’s Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice Has Been Updated

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida has published a revised version of its Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice. The Handbook captures local custom and practice and supplements the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Local Rules, and existing case law. The Handbook is considered highly persuasive in addressing discovery issues in the Middle District of Florida.

M.D. Fla. Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice 

Cell Phone and Electronic Device Policy in the Middle District of Florida

See attached letter and new policy affecting lawyers’ use and possession of cell phones and electronic devices in federal courthouses throughout the Middle District, including the Jacksonville Division.

Letter and Policy-Cell Phones and Electronic Devices