Florida judges are opposing a Criminal Procedure Rules Committee proposal that would facilitate greater use of “communications technology” for routine criminal matters.

The Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, in an April 28 letter to President Gary Lesser, writes that its executive committee unanimously opposes a proposed amendment to Rule 3.116 (Use of Communications Technology).

Twentieth Circuit Judge Nicholas Thompson, the conference chair, acknowledges that remote technology can be beneficial in “some aspects of the criminal courts.”

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