The Supreme Court has modified the civil procedure form requiring lawyers to give an amount in controversy in civil cases and instead substituted six categories with ranges of values from less than $8,000 to more than $100,000.
The court made the change on August 13 after considering comments on amendments made last November to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure Form 1.997 (Civil Cover Sheet). The court had asked for an amount to be specified when civil claims were filed to allow better information to be collected in small claims and civil cases and to evaluate future needs for county judgeships after the Legislature increased the jurisdiction of county courts from $15,000 to $30,000, effective January 1, 2020. (It’s scheduled to rise to $50,000 on January 1, 2023.)
Legislation making that change also required the Office of the State Courts Administrator to report on its impacts by February 1, 2021.