F.G. v. Department of Children and Families, 2016 WL 3178527 (Fla. 3rd DCA)

This opinion involves the same family and same underlying case that is involved in the B.J. v. Department of Children and Families, 2016 WL 1578492 (Fla. 3rd DCA) opinion. Father and Mother filed separate appeals of the adjudication of A.G. The Third DCA did not realize the cases were related. Father’s appeal was denied in December 2015. Mother’s, as noted above, was granted and the order of adjudication was reversed. Father then filed an emergency motion to recall mandate. The Third DCA granted Father’s emergency motion, vacated the per curiam affirmance from December and reversed adjudication of dependency as to Father.

The Third DCA noted the need for all parties to comply with Administrative Order AO3D13-06 and file a Notice of Similar or Related Case. Although all counsel and judges review a high number of cases each year, the Fifth DCA utilized this opinion to remind everyone involved that they all must work to identify related proceedings to avoid inconsistent results and promote judicial efficiency.

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