OJCC Filings are Trending up
There is no way to know why the filings are increasing, but the overall trend for fiscal year 2016 show increases in both PFB and "new case" volumes. The details are in a recent blog post. http://flojcc.blogspot.com/2016/06/filing-rates-at-ojcc.html
We are currently managing vacant judgeships in Ft. Myers, Panama City, Pt. St. Lucie, and West Palm Beach. The WPB situation is a little more interesting as we have two vacancies there. A big thank you to Judge D'Ambrosio is in order as she perseveres in WPB. Not a week passes without someone asking me when we will hear from the Governor regarding appointments. We make contact to check status periodically and when we know something you will know something. We cannot predict; it would be conjecture. In the meantime, the temporary processes are described here. If you are experiencing issues, difficulties or just have questions, do not hesitate to call Judge Langham at 850.595.6310 x 108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statewide Nominating Commission to Meet
The Commission will next meet in August to interview Judges for Reappointment. The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims (SNCJCC) announces that it will meet on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center, 8701 World Center Drive Orlando, Florida 32821, for the purpose of interviewing the following Judges of Compensation Claims (JCC's) for reappointment; Honorable Mary D'Ambrosio (WPB), Honorable Daniel Lewis (FTL), Honorable Mark Massey (TPA), Honorable Stephen Rosen (SPT), Honorable Thomas Sculco (ORL). More details are here.
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Tools for the Effective Workers' Compensation Litigator
E-JCC tools, tips and reminders of which to be aware.
Attorneys represent clients. Law firms do not.
Retirement or death.
Pretrial compliance questionnaire tool?
The tool for checking your calendar?
Monitor your daily filings?
Mark Your Calendar
Florida Workers' Advocates, Orlando, June 3, 2016
Workers' Compensation Claims Professionals, Bonita Springs, June 12-15.
Florida Association of Self-Insured's, Naples, July 17-20
Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators, Sandestin, July 25-29
Workers' Compensation Institute, Orlando, August 21-24, 2016
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Lunch and Learns with the Bar Are Back!
June 8, 2016 Judge James Condry (ORL). What a line-up of great judges!
Thanks to our Judges
Recently the following judges have appeared on panels at educational programs. Orange County Bench and Bar included Judges Anderson (DAY), Condry (ORL), Dietz (MEL), Pitts (ORL), Sculco (ORL), and Sojourner (LKL). The WCI Spring Forum included a panel discussion Anderson DAY), Kerr, Sculco (ORL), and Sojourner (LKL). At the Florida Bar Section Forum in April Judges Almeyda (MIA), Dietz (MEL), Humphries (JAX), Massey (TPA), Medina-Shore (MIA) and Pitts (ORL) presented.
Upcoming Opportunities to Hear Our Judges
The following Judges are speaking at the WCI in August: James Condry (ORL), Robert Dietz (MEL), Iliana Forte (FTL), Margret Kerr (MIA), John Lazzara (TLH), Ellen Lorenzen (TPA), Neal Pitts (ORL), Stephen Rosen (SPT), Thomas Sculco (ORL), and Nolan Winn (PNS).
MAY 2017 EXAMINATION APPLICANTS:
FILING PERIOD OPENS: 9/1/16
FILING PERIOD ENDS: 10/31/16
CERTIFICATIONS HOURS NEEDED: 45 WORKERS’ COMP. CERTIFICATION HOURS
TIME FRAME TO HAVE ACQUIRED HOURS: 9/1/13 – 10/31/16
2016 RECERTIFICATION APPLICANTS:
FILING PERIOD OPENS: As soon as application is posted (Early April 2016)
DEADLINE TO COMPLETE REQUIREMENTS: 7/31/16 APPLICATION MUST BE POSTMARKED BY: 8/15/16
CERTIFICATIONS HOURS NEEDED: 75 WORKERS’ COMP. CERTIFICATION HOURS
TIME FRAME TO HAVE ACQUIRED HOURS: 8/1/11 – 7/31/16 (Certified in 1991, 1996, 2001 or 2006) or 11/1/10 – 7/31/16 (Certified in 2011)