The Florida Supreme Court, acting on its own authority, has amended court rules and the Code of Judicial Conduct to clarify the treatment of judicial branch records “at the conclusion of judicial service.”

Acting November 17, the opinion notes that existing rules generally define judicial papers as “administrative records of the judicial branch,” outline their custody, define when they are considered confidential, and describe how long they should be retained.

“However, the Court has not adopted rules to explicitly address the treatment of judicial papers upon a judge’s or justice’s departure from the bench,” the opinion states. “We do so now.”