The Supreme Court, acting on its own motion, has approved a change to Rule of General Practice and Judicial Administration 2.215 (Trial Court Administration) that governs the temporary assignment of judges.

“Specifically, we amend rule 2.215(b)(4) to remove the requirement that a chief judge of a circuit court seek the approval of the outside circuit chief judge before requesting the Chief Justice of this Court to temporarily assign an additional judge or judges from the outside circuit to duty in the requesting court,” Chief Justice Charles Canady wrote in the unanimous, May 12 opinion.

The amendment “is intended to eliminate the appearance of any impropriety that the requesting court is choosing the outside judge or judges, particularly in the context of the recusal of the requesting court,” the opinion states.