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Bar oks childrens panel position.

A request by the Bar's Commission on the Legal Needs of Children to oppose funding cuts for state programs that protect the legal rights of children has been approved by the Board of Governors.

Acting at its recent meeting in Boca Raton, the board accepted the recommendation of the Legislation Committee to approve the commission's request.

The commission's position states that "a lack of continued funding of representation programs will severely impair the development and success of Florida's children." The commission also noted that many of the programs are not only necessary but constitutionally mandated.

On another matter, the board also endorsed five legislative positions sought by the Family Law Section and three sought by the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. (See story in the October 15 Bar News.)

Committee Chair-elect Jesse Diner reported that the Bar is continuing to monitor legislation that could affect the profession or the legal system.

That includes HJR 1, which would give the legislature more control over the courts, including making it easier for lawmakers to write court rules; SJR 162 which would allow the governor to appoint (and reappoint) appellate judges and justices and set an 18-year term limit; and HB 205, which would require that each circuit be represented by a judge on its district court of appeal.
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Date:Nov 15, 2001
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