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Practice in the Middle District

Local Rule 2.01 governs membership in the court's bar. Membership or special admission in the Middle District bar is necessary to practice in the Middle District. Neither membership nor special admission is required for a lawyer employed by the United States or a public entity established by federal law to practice within the course and the scope of the lawyer's employment.

Membership in the Court's Bar

To petition for membership in the court's bar, complete the steps below:

Step One: Submit the Membership Application

You will need your Florida Bar Number, residence and business addresses, undergraduate and legal education graduation dates, and a list of jurisdictions in which the applicant is admitted including admissions dates.

Click below to submit your application.

Step Two: Pay $203 Fee

After you complete the Membership Application, you will be directed to Pay.gov to pay the admission fee of $203 by credit card or by ACH. After your application is approved and fee verified, you will receive an email confirmation welcoming you to the Middle District of Florida and directing you to register for a CM/ECF account.

Step Three: Register for a CM/ECF Account

After you have received the email confirmation welcoming you to the Middle District, submit the E-Filer Registration Form to register for a CM/ECF account and obtain a login and password. Your filing credentials for the U.S. District Court will be sent to the primary registered email address.

Please note: If you need to file electronically in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, you must submit that request separately. Visit the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's website for more information.

Special Admission to Practice

A lawyer can move for special admission to practice in an action in the Middle District court if the lawyer:

  • Is not a Florida resident and is not a member in good standing in The Florida Bar;
  • Is a member in good standing of the bar of a United States district court; and
  • Has not abused the privilege of special admission by maintaining regular practice of law in Florida.

To move for special admission, complete the steps below:

Step One: File a Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice

Please note that CM/ECF filing credentials for the Middle District of Florida are only issued upon admission. If you do not have CM/ECF filing credentials, co-counsel with filing rights may electronically file the motion on the movant's behalf or the motion may be filed on paper.

Step Two: Pay $150.00 Special Admission Fee

The "Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice" event in CM/ECF will direct you to pay.gov to pay the $150.00 special admission fee by credit card. If the fee is not paid during the filing of the Pro Hac Vice Motion, the fee can be paid by electronically filing the "Pay Fee" event or by mailing a firm check or money order payable to Clerk, U.S. District Court.

Step Three: Register for a CM/ECF Account

Submit the E-Filer Registration Form to register for a CM/ECF account and obtain a login and password. Your filing credentials for the U.S. District Court will be sent to the primary registered email address once the order granting special admission has been entered in the action. Please note that Step Three is not required if you already have CM/ECF filing credentials for the Middle District of Florida.

A lawyer who appears in the court based on special admission is deemed to be familiar with and is governed by the Local Rules and the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.

Government Lawyers

Pursuant to Local Rule 2.01, neither membership nor special admission is required for a lawyer employed by the United States or a public entity established by federal law to practice within the course and scope of the lawyer's employment.

Federal government lawyers seeking CM/ECF electronic filing privileges, must submit the E-Filer Registration Form to register for a CM/ECF account and obtain a login and password. Your filing credentials for the U.S. District Court will be sent to the primary registered email address.

To appear before the court, you must be a member of its bar or specially admitted. If you have questions about admission, would like to renew your admission, or would like to reserve a spot at a lawyer admission ceremony, call the lawyer admission clerk at phone number below for the relevant division.