RULE 12.280 GENERAL PROVISIONS GOVERNING DISCOVERY
Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.280 shall govern general provisions concerning discovery in family law matters with the following exceptions:
(a) Supplementing of Responses. A party is under a duty to amend a prior response or disclosure if the party:
(1) obtains information or otherwise determines that the prior response or disclosure was incorrect when made;
(2) obtains information or otherwise determines that the prior response or disclosure, although correct when made, is no longer materially true or complete.
(b) Time for Filing Supplemental Responses. Any supplemental response filed pursuant to this rule shall be filed as soon as possible after discovery of the incorrect information or change, but in no case shall the supplemental response be filed later than 24 hours before any applicable hearing absent a showing of good cause.
(c) Documents Considered Confidential. A determination as to the confidentiality of a court record shall be made in accordance with Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.051.
(d) Sealing of Records. Records found to be confidential under Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.051 shall be sealed on request of a party.
1995 Adoption. Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.280 is to govern the general discovery provisions in family law matters with the exceptions set forth above. Subdivision (a) of this rule alters rule 1.280(e) by placing a duty on parties in family law matters to supplement responses. Under rule 1.280(e), no supplemental response is required. Subdivisions (b), (c), and (d) of this rule are in addition to the general requirements of rule 1.280 and have no counterparts in the Rules of Civil Procedure. Subdivisions (c) and (d) have been implemented in recognition of the fact that family law cases often involve sensitive information that should be deemed confidential under Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.051. For instance, financial records filed may contain information regarding a family business, which, if public, could provide competitors with an advantage and adversely affect the family business.
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