SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF THE

front of supreme court building

Welcome to the Supreme Court of Florida - the Third Branch of Government!

There are three branches of goverment in Florida: Executive (carries out laws), Legislative (makes laws) and Judicial (evaluates laws). The Supreme Court of Florida has been in continuous existence since it was created by the Act of Congress admitting Florida into the Union in 1845. The seven justices of the court are the highest tribunal in the state of Florida and are answerable only to the U.S. Supreme Court. There is one courthouse in each of the 67 counties, in the 20 Judicial Circuits and in the five District Court of Appeals in Florida. The Supreme Court is considered the "court of last resort" and is the highest court in the state.

The Florida Supreme Court moved to this location in 1948. It consists of four floors and houses the justices and their staff and the employees necessary to perform the administrative duties for the Florida Judicial Branch of Government.

Please, no food or drinks in the Courtroom.

Now, let's begin our tour! (straight ahead)

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