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Online Seminar

New Rule 2.526: Digital Accessibility of Documents Electronically Transmitted to Florida Courts

This complimentary program is presented by The Florida Bar Law Office Management Assistance Service ( and sponsored by Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company ( .
Credit(s): 1 CLE
Course Number: 1468C
Original Program Date: February 1, 2012
Duration: 54 minutes
Access: Available for 3 months after purchase
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    The rapid introduction of new technology not only has increased efficiency in the courts, law firms, corporate in-house legal departments, and government agency law offices, it has also reduced costs.  Over time, the Florida Supreme Court has amended how e-documents are filed in Florida’s courts. New Rule of Judicial Administration 2.526 took effect January 1, 2012.  New Rule 2.526 requires that any document that is or will become a judicial branch record, and that is electronically transmitted, must be formatted in a manner that complies with all state and federal laws requiring electronic accessibility to persons with disabilities.  These requirements include compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as incorporated into Florida law by Section 282.603(1), Florida Statutes (2010).  This course will cover: What is an accessible document?; Electronic filing of court documents and digital accessibility of e-filed court documents; Summary explanation of Rule 2.525(g) and Rule 2.526; Necessary software; How to prepare and convert your document; Resources for troubleshooting; Supplemental material is included as a PDF download.


    Note:        The information presented in this seminar, especially about the procedures and current standards for electronically transmitting digitally accessible documents to Florida courts, is current as of January, 2012.  In the ensuing months when more information becomes available about transmitting accessible documents with Florida’s courts, The Florida Bar will make that information available. 


    1 CLE
    Twyla Sketchley

    Twyla L. Sketchley is a Florida Bar member and a Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law attorney, and has taught Elder Law at Florida State University College of Law.  Ms. Sketchley has handled cases in several practice areas, including election law, criminal law, administrative law, real property law, and workers' compensation. Ms. Sketchley is also a member of the State Bar of Montana, the American Bar Association, and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Florida State Guardianship Association, Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  Her Florida Bar activities include the Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Young Lawyers Division, General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section, LOMAS Advisory Board, Elder Law Section, and the Elder Law Section’s Committee on Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation. Ms. Sketchley has been awarded the Smith-Williams Service Center Foundation's Distinguished Woman Award, and The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Second Judicial Circuit.  She serves as President of Tallahassee Women Lawyers, Administrative Chair of the Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar, and has been named to Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite in Elder Law.

    DescriptionPagesFile Size
    New Rule 2.526 Slide Presentation.pptxNA7 MB
    The Florida Bar News.pdf2 Pages90 KB
    Counties preparing to meet anticipated e-filing timet.pdf2 Pages44 KB
    Adobe 7 - Converting Word to ADA Compliant PDFs.pdf9 Pages161 KB
    Adobe 9- pdf-accesibility-overview.pdf10 Pages71 KB
    Adobe 9-accessible-pdf-from-word.pdf18 Pages940 KB
    Adobe 9-using-accessibility-checker.pdf8 Pages152 KB
    History of Electronic Filing in Florida Courts 010510.pdf2 Pages69 KB
    Is Your Site ADA Compliant.pdf5 Pages106 KB
    Rules of Judicial Administration.pdf108 Pages2 MB
    Sp Ct. Opinion sc11-52.pdf9 Pages134 KB
    Efilings Time is Now.pdf6 Pages103 KB
    SpCt Help - Word.pdf2 Pages116 KB
    TFBN E-filings proponents Get Ready.pdf3 Pages41 KB
    Transcript13 Pages92 KB
    Very informative; good preparation of materials by presenters; good reference documents also included; very satisfied - Michael (Lake Worth, FL)
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