SPECIAL RULES GOVERNING THE ADMISSION AND PRACTICE OF ATTORNEYS
RULE 4. APPEARANCES
(b) Appearance Pro Hac Vice
(1) Any attorney who is a member in good standing of the bar of any United States Court, or of the highest Court of any State or Territory or Insular Possession of the United States, but is not admitted to practice in the Southern District of Florida may, upon written application filed by counsel admitted to practice in this District, be permitted to appear and participate in a particular case. A certification that the applicant has studied the Local Rules shall accompany the application together with such appearance fee as may be required by administrative order. If permission to appear pro hac vice is granted, such appearance shall not constitute formal admission or authorize the attorney to file documents via CM/ECF. (Please refer to the Fee Schedule for the fee for a Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice – under General Information or click here.)
(2) Lawyers who are not members of the bar of this Court shall not be permitted to engage in general practice in this District. For purposes of this rule, more than three appearances within a 365–day period in separate representations before the Courts of this District shall be presumed to be a “general practice.” Upon written motion and for good cause shown the Court may waive or modify this prohibition.
(3) The application shall designate a member of the bar of this Court, who maintains an office in this State for the practice of law and who is authorized to file through the Court’s electronic filing system, with whom the Court and opposing counsel may readily communicate regarding the conduct of the case, upon whom filings shall be served, and who shall be required to electronically file and serve all documents and things that may be filed and served electronically, and who shall be responsible for filing and serving documents in compliance with the CM/ECF Administrative Procedures.
The application must be accompanied by a written statement consenting to the designation, and the address and telephone number of the named designee. Upon written motion and for good cause shown the Court may waive or modify the requirements of such designation.
Effective Dec. 1, 1994. Amended effective Jan. 1, 1996; April 15, 2007; April 15, 2010.
(2010) Amended to correct usage of “limited appearance,” which is now properly “appearance pro hac vice,” and “special appearance,” which is now “appearance ad hoc,” and to conform tabulation to the style used in the federal rules of procedure.
(2014) Rule 4(b)(3) was amended to specify the requirement of service as well as filing.
Sample Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice and Order (updated 12/1/2014)
Please note that pursuant to the Local Rules and CM/ECF Administrative Procedures, conventionally filed documents must contain original signatures and not electronic signatures.