Author Archives: Suzanne Labrit

Original Proceedings: Part I – The Basics of Certiorari

In this post, which is the first in a series on original proceedings, Jennifer Sommerville and Suzanne Labrit provide a primer on the basics of common law certiorari jurisdiction and procedure with respect to non-final orders in civil cases. CONTINUE READING...

Enforcing the Mandate when the Trial Court Deviates or Delays

Board certified appellate attorney Suzanne Labrit explains the mechanics of enforcement of mandates. CONTINUE READING...

Can the Tipsy Coachman Get You Home (and an affirmance)?

Tampa partner, board certified appellate lawyer Suzanne Labrit explains how the ‘tipsy coachman’ doctrine may provide a basis for affirmance even if the trial court’s reason for its ruling is not the ‘right’ reason. CONTINUE READING...

When a Motion for Rehearing Can Blow Your Appeal Deadline

Can filing a motion for rehearing blow a party’s right to appeal? Yes! Suzanne Labrit outlines three common ‘minefields’ to avoid when considering a motion for rehearing. CONTINUE READING...

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