RULE 2.01 GENERAL ADMISSION TO PRACTICE
(a) No person shall be permitted to appear or be heard as counsel for another in any
proceeding in this Court unless first admitted to practice in the Court pursuant to this rule (or
heretofore admitted under prior rules of the Court).
(b) Only those persons who are members in good standing of The Florida Bar shall be
eligible for general admission to the bar of the Court. If a person ceases to be a member in good
standing of The Florida Bar, that person will be suspended from the bar of the Court until that
person is reinstated to The Florida Bar. However, if the suspension from The Florida Bar is 90 days
or less, the person will be automatically reinstated. If the suspension is 91 days or more, that
person must apply with the Clerk of Court for reinstatement. Each applicant for general admission
shall file with the Clerk a written petition setting forth his residence and office address, his general
and legal education, and the Courts to which he has previously been admitted to practice. The
petition shall be accompanied by the certificates of two members in good standing of the bar of the
Court attesting that the applicant is of good moral character and is otherwise competent and eligible
for general admission to practice in the Court (provided, however, members in good standing of the
bars of the Northern or Southern Districts of Florida shall be admitted on petition without necessity
of such certificates). In addition, each applicant shall furnish a certificate certifying that the
applicant has read and is familiar with each of the following: The Federal Rules of Evidence, the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the Local Rules of
the Middle District of Florida.
(c) Petitions for general admission to practice shall be called from time to time in open
Court on notice to the applicants; except that, under special circumstances, any United States
District Judge or United States Magistrate Judge of the Court may entertain a petition at any time.
Upon taking the prescribed oath and payment of the prescribed enrollment fee, the applicant shall
then be enrolled as a member of the bar of the Court and the Clerk shall issue a suitable certificate
to that effect.
(d) To maintain good standing in the bar of this Court, each attorney admitted under this
rule, beginning in the year following the year of the attorney