Florida Senate - 2021 SB 552 By Senator Thurston 33-00332-21 2021552__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to assault or battery on courtroom 3 personnel; creating s. 784.079, F.S.; defining the 4 term “courtroom personnel”; prohibiting an assault or 5 a battery on specified courtroom personnel; providing 6 criminal penalties; providing an effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Section 784.079, Florida Statutes, is created to 11 read: 12 784.079 Assault or battery on courtroom personnel.— 13 (1) As used in this section, the term “courtroom personnel” 14 means any person employed by or performing contractual services 15 in a courthouse or other judicial facility in this state and 16 whose work is directly related to a trial, hearing, grand jury 17 proceeding, or other judicial proceeding. The term includes 18 attorneys, court reporters, probation officers, judges, 19 bailiffs, and clerks. 20 (2) It is unlawful for any person to commit an assault or a 21 battery on courtroom personnel who he or she knows or reasonably 22 should know to be such a person and who is acting in the course 23 of his or her duties, regardless of whether the assault or 24 battery occurs on the premises of a courthouse or other judicial 25 facility. 26 (3)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), a person who 27 violates subsection (2) commits a felony of the third degree, 28 punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. 29 (b) A person who commits a second or subsequent violation 30 of subsection (2) commits a felony of the third degree, 31 punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, 32 with a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years. 33 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2021.