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Sections take legislative positions: appellate section supports call for better pay for court staff.

The Appellate Practice Law Section has offered its support for the Supreme Court's drive to get competitive salaries for court system employees.

That was one of four section legislative positions authorized for the section by the Bar Board of Governors in January. The board also endorsed three additional legislative requests from the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section.

The Bar gives its sections wide latitude to lobby on issues, provided it is within the purview of the section, does not conflict with a Bar-wide position, and does not cause deep philosophical or emotional divisions among Bar members.

Positions approved for the Appellate Practice Law Section were:

* Opposes amendment of Art. V, [sections]2(a) of the Florida Constitution that would alter the Supreme Court's authority to adopt rules for practice and procedure in all courts, or that would change the manner by which such rules may be repealed by the legislature.

* Supports maintaining an independent judiciary.

* Supports pay raises for appellate judges and support personnel consistent with the Florida Supreme Court 2007 budget request.

* Supports legislation consistent with the recommendations of the DCA Workload and Assessment Committee and the recommendations of the Supreme Court in the Certification Opinion as to additional judges, but opposed the creation of a new DCA or changing the boundaries of the current courts.

Positions approved for RPPTL were:

* Supports legislation to maintain the integrity of the recording system in the State of Florida.

* Supports limitation of creditor remedies against partner interest in general and limited liability partnerships and member interests in limited liability companies to charging liens and to prohibiting foreclosure against such interests.

* Supports legislation to provide that the charge by a condominium association or homeowners' association for an estoppel certificate is an obligation of the owner of the unit for whose benefit the estoppel certificate is requested and not the obligation of the closing agent; and to provide for enforcement of any assessment for the charge made for such an estoppel certificate.

A complete list of all Bar, section, and committee legislative positions can be found on the Bar's Web site at
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Date:Mar 1, 2007
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