Pursuant to Administrative Order 2012-4, effective January 26, 2012, all members of the Bar of the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, are required to pay a renewal fee of $25.00 on or before March 15, 2012, and every other year thereafter. After a 30-day grace period, which was April 18, 2012, all 2012 renewals will be assessed a $50 late fee ($75 total).
The Court begins collecting fees for the 2014 renewal cycle on January 6, 2014, due no later than March 15, 2014. After a 30-day grace period, all renewals are assessed a $50 late fee. If 2012 renewal fees are not paid prior to the 2014 renewal deadline, the attorney will no longer be considered a member of the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida’s Bar and must reapply for membership at a cost of $201 and be readmitted before they may again practice before the Court.
Renewal fees can only be paid online through your Southern District of Florida CM/ECF account. Electronic filing through CM/ECF is mandatory for all attorneys admitted to practice in the Southern District of Florida. See S.D. Fla. L.R. 5.1(b); CM/ECF Admin. Pro. Sec. 2A. If you do not have a CM/ECF login/password, please click here to register for CM/ECF training in order to obtain a login/password.
Bankruptcy attorneys please click here for additional information regarding payment of your renewal fee.
Government attorneys please click here for additional information regarding payment of your renewal fee.
Non-resident attorneys specially admitted to practice under Rule 4(b) of the Special Rules Governing the Admission and Practice of Attorneys are not members of the USDC-SDFL Bar, so should not pay this renewal of membership fee.
Any attorney who fails to pay the renewal fee in a timely manner, after a thirty (30) day grace period, shall no longer be in good standing with this Court and as a result cannot practice before the court. See S.D. Fla. Att’y Admis. & Prac. R. 3. Those attorneys will no longer be able to file documents through the CM/ECF system (although they will continue to receive Notices of Electronic Filing (NEFs) on active cases) until such time as they comply with this renewal requirement by paying the renewal fee. Delinquent payment of the renewal fee after the thirty (30) day grace period will be assessed a one-time $50.00 late fee in addition to the renewal fee. Only after payment of the renewal fee and late fee will an attorney’s good standing be reinstated. Failure to pay the delinquent fee before the next cycle will require that attorney to reapply for admission pursuant to Rule 2 of the Special Rules Governing the Admission and Practice of Attorneys, and to pay any initial admissions fee.