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Welcome to the Florida Supreme Court Public Information Pages. Requests to the Florida Supreme Court for official public records should be made in writing pursuant to Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420 to publicinformation@flcourts.org. Rule 2.420 is the judicial counterpart to Florida's public records statutes, Chapter 119.

Below you will find a list of high-profile cases with links to the online dockets and documents filed in those cases. Archived High-Profile Cases also are on-line. You can contact court spokespersons in other Florida courts by referring to the list maintained by the Florida Court Public Information Officers, Inc.

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High-Profile Case Description   Links
       
09-24-2018 City of Miami Beach v. Florida Retail Federation   SC17-2284
  This case involves a challenge to a minimum wage ordinance approved by the City of Miami Beach.    
       
09-24-2018 Ken Detzner v. Harry Lee Anstead   SC18-1513
  This is an appeal from a trial court order striking from the November ballot proposed constitututional amendments 7, 9, and 11. It is related to an earlier case, Harry Lee Anstead v. Ken Detzner (SC18-1344) that was transferred to the trial court for findings.    
       
09-20-2018 League of Women Voters v. Rick Scott   SC18-1573
  This case challenges the authority of the governor and a nominating commission to fill certain judicial vacancies before the vacancies occur.    
       
09-20-2018 Gwendolyn Odom v. R.J. Reynolds   SC17-563
  This case involves questions about the money damages available to the adult child of someone who died of tobacco-related cancer.    
       
09-20-2017 Suzanne Harvey v. GEICO   SC17-85
  This case involves questions about the proper application of Florida's "bad faith" insurance laws in a fatal auto accident.    
       
09-19-2018 Halifax Hospital v. State of Florida   SC18-683
  Halifax Hospital Medical Center appeals from a bond validation proceeding in the trial court regarding hospital-related construction.    
       
09-17-2018 Florida Highway Patrol v. Lashonta Renea Jackson   SC18-468
  The issue in this case is the dismissal of claims against the Florida Highway Patrol involving sovereign immunity in claims from a multi-car accident on I-75 arising from a nearby brush fire.    
       
09-13-2018 Lucy Ann Hoover v. Kristina K. Mobley   SC18-1392
  This case involves the decertification of a candidate for judicial office in Clay County for failure to complete all election filings by the deadline.    
       
09-10-2018 Department of State v. Lee Hollander   SC18-1366
SC18-1367
  These consolidated cases challenge the ballot language of proposed constitutional revision 6 dealing with victims' rights.    
       
09-07-2018 Dept. of State v. Florida Greyhound Association   SC18-1287
  This case involves a challenge to a proposed constitutional amendment related to greyhound racing proposed for the 2018 election ballot.    
       
09-07-2018 County of Volusia v. Ken Detzner   SC18-1339
  This cases challenges the language of a ballot summary for proposed constitutional revision 10 that would change the process for selecting certain public officials in some charter counties, among other things.    
       
09-07-2018 Ken Detzner v. League of Women Voters   SC18-1368
  A trial judge ordered proposed constitutional revision 8 removed from the fall ballot on grounds its summary violates Florida law, and the State has appealed.    
       
09-07-2018 David P. Trotti v. Rick Scott   SC18-1217
  This cases challenges a First District Court decision dealing with the Governor's power to fill judicial vacancies in an election year.    
       
09-07-2018 Orange County v. Rick Singh   SC18-79
  This case asks whether local voters can approve a county charter amendment to require that local constitutional officers be chosen in nonpartisan elections.    
       
08-31-2018 Tashara Love v. State of Florida   SC18-747
  This case asks whether Florida's "stand your ground" law applies retroactively.    
       
08-30-2018 The Florida Bar v. TIKD Services   SC18-149
  The Florida Bar has petitioned to enjoin TIKD from alleged unlicensed practice of law in connection with a smartphone service to challenge traffic tickets.    
       
08-28-2018 Harry Lee Anstead v. Ken Detzner   SC18-1344
  This petition challenges several constitutional amendments proposed for the fall ballot on charges of "logrolling."    
       
08-23-2018 Fr. John Gallagher v. Diocese of Palm Beach   SC18-865
  This case asks whether a Florida trial court can hear a lawsuit filed by a priest against his own religious institution over its ministerial staffing decisions.    
       
08-22-2018 Broward School Board v. CNN   SC18-1280
  This case involves questions about how public records laws apply to security surveillance videos related to a school shooting.    
       
08-22-2018 State Attorney's Office v. CNN   SC18-1227
  This case involves news media public records requests for copies of security surveillance videos related to a school shooting.    
       
08-21-2018 Citizens for Strong Schools v. Florida State Board of Education   SC18-67
  This case involve the question of the extent to which courts can enforce the Florida Constitution's guarantee of a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools that allows students to obtain a high quality education.    
       
08-15-2018 Progressive Select Insurance v. Florida Hospital Medical Center   SC18-278
SC18-280
  These cases involve issues of how insurance companies should calculate deductibles for personal-injury protection payments.    
       
08-13-2018 Rolando P. Ruiz v. Tenet Hialeah Health System   SC17-1562
  This case involves issues arising from a medical malpratice case in which a woman died during neurosurgery in Miami.    
       
08-08-2018 Richard DeLisle v. Crane Co.   SC16-2182
  This case involves questions about the use of expert witness testimony about the medical condition mesothelioma.    
       
08-08-2018 Dante Martin v. State of Florida   SC17-200
  This case challenges criminal convictions related to a college hazing incident.    
       
07-27-2018 Luis Torres Jimenez v. State of Florida   SC16-1976
  This case asks if police departments improperly delegate their powers in certain contracts with vendors of red-light camera systems.    
       
07-26-2018 International Association of Firefighters v. State of Florida   SC17-1434
  This case involves a challenge to the Governor's 2015 veto of firefighter pay raises.    
       
07-13-2018 Chris Jones v. Beach Club Towers; Chris Jones v. Portofino Tower One   SC18-81
SC18-83
  The Escambia County property appraiser Chris Jones seeks review of cases involving taxation of leaseholds on Pensacola Beach.    
       
07-12-2018 David P. Trotti v. Rick Scott   SC18-1012
  This case asks the Florida Supreme Court to lift an injunction issued by a lower court in a case on the Governor's judicial appointment powers.    
       
07-12-2018 Herssein & Herssein v. United Services Automobile Association   SC17-1848
  This case asks whether judges must be disqualified if they are Facebook "friends" with litigants in cases pending before them.    
       
06-29-2018 Marie Ann Glass v. Nationstar Mortgage   SC17-1387
  This case involves a dispute over whether borrowers are entitled to attorneys fees when they win foreclosure cases filed against them.    
       
06-08-2018 State of Florida v. Peter Peraza   SC17-1978
  This case asks whether law enforcement officers can seek immunity from prosecution under Florida's "stand your ground" law.    
       
05-29-2018 Northrop Grumman Systems v. Rosa-Maria F. Britt   SC17-1780
  This case involves a $9 million verdict awarded to the wife and estate of a man who allegedly developed mesothelioma through contact with asbestos.    
       
05-25-2018 Joseph Redner v. Fla. Dept. of Health   SC18-740
  A medical marijuana patient has filed for an emergency writ about enforcement of Florida's new medical marijuana constitutional amendment.    
       
05-24-2018 State of Florida v. Tymothy Ray Martin   SC18-789
  This case asks whether Florida's "stand your ground" law applies retroactively.    
       
05-17-2018 Sierra Club v. Julie Imanuel Brown   SC17-82
  The Sierra Club challenges a decision of the Florida Public Service Commission on the expansion of natural gas power generation.    
       
04-26-2018 John Goodman v. State of Florida   SC16-1752
SC17-2076
  These cases involve challenges to FDLE blood tests under the state's implied consent statute.    
       
04-13-2018 Rasier-DC v. B&L Service, Inc.   SC18-466
  A subsidiary of Uber challenges a lower court ruling allowing the release of public records to a competitor about Uber's customer pickups at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport.    
       
04-13-2018 Adam Lloyd Shepard v. State of Florida   SC17-1952
  The issue in this case is whether an automobile can be considered a "weapon" for purposes of reclassifying certain manslaughter offenses as first-degree felonies under Florida statutes.    
       
03-09-2018 Steven Bateman v. State of Florida   SC18-229
  Former Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman seeks review of his conviction on corruption charges related to construction of a children's crisis center in downtown Homestead.    
       
11-22-2017 Certification of the Need for New Judges   Website
 

The 2018 Certification of the need for new judges is available. Certification will be considered next by the Legislature. Historical Information on Certification also is available.

 

03-20-2014
Privacy & Court Records    

2014 Administrative Order. The Court issued a new Order on the subject.

2011 Opinion. The Court released an Opinion on this issue on June 30, 2011.

2009 Hearing. On September 2, 2009, the Court heard arguments in another Related Case. An Opinion was released on March 18, 2010.

2008 Report. A Report filed in 2008 is available.

2008 Filings. On January 18, 2008, the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Access to Court Records filed its Invitation for Comments on its Preliminary Proposal. Comments are requested by March 3, 2008.

2007 Filings. On June 20, 2007, an Interim Report and Cover Letter were filed with this Court. As a result, the Chief Justice Issued a revised Moratorium order on September 7, 2007.

Other documents filed with this Court on April 2, 2007, are available.

2006 Court Order & Limited Moratorium. On July 3, 2006,the Court released an Order in response to the Report of the Committee on Privacy & Court Records along with a new Limited Moratorium on certain electronic releases of court records. The order was later implemented by an Administrative Order issued August 21, 2006.

Group 3. A Request of the Court for comments on Group 3 of the Report is available. Comments will be accepted until May 1, 2006. View the current Comments on Group 3.

Group 2. By a prior separate Request of the Court, comments on Group 2 of the Report were accepted until March 1, 2006. Check Comments on Group 2, which were last updated March 2, 2006.

The members of the Florida Supreme Court in their administrative capacity have invited persons who commented on the Report on Privacy & Court Records, Group Two Recommendations, to speak to the Court on April 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET. The meeting will be in the courtroom in Tallahassee.

Group 1. Pursuant to a prior Request of the Court, comments on Group 1 of the final Report were accepted until February 1, 2006. Check Comments on Group 1. A hearing on Group 1 issues was held March 1, 2006, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET at the Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee.

Full Report. The seven segments of this Report were submitted to the Court in September 2005. They are the Cover, Cover Letter, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. On May 6, 2005, the Committee on Privacy & Court Records issued its earlier Draft Report.

Prior Matters. On February 13, 2004, an Amended Moratorium Order was issued in this matter. Other Documents include the Report of the legislative Study Committee on Public Records released Feb. 15, 2003.

   
       

   
     
Ongoing
Archived High Profile Cases   Archives
Earlier high profile cases can be found in the Archives. These include highly publicized cases such as the 2000 presidential election appeals, the Schiavo cases, and the Aileen Wuornos murder conviction appeals.    
     
     

Privacy Statement: Documents linked on this page are exempt appellate cases or have been inspected and designated as cases of significant public interest under AOSC03-49 (Nov. 25, 2003).