Some members of the criminal trial bar are expressing relief that the Florida Supreme Court — at least for the time being — has declined to adopt sweeping changes to the speedy trial rule.

In a recent opinion, In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.134 and 3.191, justices wrote that after reviewing numerous comments, they were declining to adopt changes proposed by the Florida Supreme Court Criminal Court Steering Committee.

Critics contended that the proposal would have “completely abrogated” the speedy trial rule by allowing the clock to start running from the date an indictment or information is filed instead of from the date of arrest.

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