The Florida Supreme Court, acting on its own motion, amended a Bar rule that governs the emergency suspension of lawyers.

The amendments, which take effect October 30, pertain to Rule 3-5.2 (Emergency Suspension and Interim Probation or Interim Placement on the Inactive List for Incapacity Not Related to Misconduct).

The amendment adds the following sentence to 3-5.2 (a)(1), “The fact that a lawyer has been charged with a felony by an indictment or information in state or federal court may, for the purposes of this rule, constitute clear and convincing evidence that the lawyer’s continued practice of law would cause great public harm when such a felony charge alleges conduct reflecting adversely on the lawyer’s fitness to practice law.”

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