Here’s the status of the pending challenge to the Timely Justice Act as passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott, as of July 25:
1. On July 16, 2013, the Florida Supreme Court granted the Motion for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief filed by the Florida State Committee of the American College Trial Lawyers but struck its accompanying brief because the two documents were filed together as one, single filing. The movants were directed to re-file their brief as a separate document on or before July 19.
2. This was done on July 16. Read the Amicus brief filed by the ACTL here.
3. On July 18, The Attorney General for the State of Florida, Pam Bondi, filed the State’s Response to the Emergency Petition to Invoke all Writs Jurisdiction, to Declare Unconstitutional Provisions of the Timely Justice Act of 2013, and for Immediate Temporary Injunctive Relief.
Bondi is arguing that there is a lack of jurisdiction and that the arguments advanced in the Emergency Petition are "meritless," with lots of argument based upon the separation of powers doctrine (no surprise there).
4. On July 19, 2013, the pro se motion of Charles Finney to Join the Emergency Petition was granted. Read his motion online here.