Florida Senate - 2022 SB 1334 By Senator Wright 14-01324-22 20221334__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to representation by counsel in 3 hearings on petitions for risk protection orders; 4 amending s. 790.401, F.S.; authorizing a respondent to 5 be represented by counsel in such a hearing; requiring 6 the appointment of counsel for an indigent respondent; 7 providing an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section 12 790.401, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 13 790.401 Risk protection orders.— 14 (3) RISK PROTECTION ORDER HEARINGS AND ISSUANCE.— 15 (a) Upon receipt of a petition, the court must order a 16 hearing to be held no later than 14 days after the date of the 17 order and must issue a notice of hearing to the respondent for 18 the same. 19 1. The clerk of the court shall cause a copy of the notice 20 of hearing and petition to be forwarded on or before the next 21 business day to the appropriate law enforcement agency for 22 service upon the respondent as provided in subsection (5). 23 2. The court may, as provided in subsection (4), issue a 24 temporary ex parte risk protection order pending the hearing 25 ordered under this subsection. Such temporary ex parte order 26 must be served concurrently with the notice of hearing and 27 petition as provided in subsection (5). 28 3. The court may conduct a hearing by telephone pursuant to 29 a local court rule to reasonably accommodate a disability or 30 exceptional circumstances. The court must receive assurances of 31 the petitioner’s identity before conducting a telephonic 32 hearing. 33 4. The respondent may be represented by counsel. If the 34 respondent is indigent and desires representation, counsel must 35 be appointed as provided in s. 27.40. 36 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.