Limiting the number of email addresses that lawyers can use when receiving documents from the courts and having those addresses registered with the Bar has been discussed by a subcommittee of the Florida Courts Technology Commission.

The FCTC’s Portal Subcommittee at its April 5 meeting looked at the issue raised by Florida Supreme Court Clerk John Tomasino but didn’t reach any conclusions and committee members said they want to consult with the Bar before going any further.

Tomasino said current rules allow lawyers to establish one primary and two backup email addresses for each case they are involved in. Theoretically, that means lawyers could have an almost infinite number of email addresses in court records that judges, clerks, and parties would have to sort through if they need to contact the attorney.