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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 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
01-18-2018 Chris Jones v. Beach Club Towers; Chris Jones v. Portofino Tower One   SC18-81
  The Escambia County property appraiser Chris Jones seeks review of cases involving taxation of leaseholds on Pensacola Beach.    
01-17-2018 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.    
01-17-2018 Dante Martin v. State of Florida   SC17-200
  This case challenges criminal convictions related to a college hazing incident.    
01-12-2018 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.    
01-12-2018 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.    
01-11-2018 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.    
01-11-2018 Herssein & Herssein v. United Services Automobile Association   SC17-1848
  This case ask whether judges commit an ethical violation if they are Facebook "friends" with litigants in cases pending before them.    
01-05-2018 Richard DeLisle v. Crane Co.   SC16-2182
  This case involves questions about the use of expert witness testimony about the medical condition mesothelioma.    
01-04-2018 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.    
01-04-2018 John Goodman v. State of Florida   SC16-1752
  These cases involve challenges to FDLE blood tests under the state's implied consent statute.    
12-19-2017 League of Women Voters v. Rick Scott   SC17-1122
  This case challenges the authority of the governor to make certain judicial appointments near the end of his term. The Court released its Opinion on Dec. 14, 2017.    
12-19-2017 School Board of Alachua County v. Richard Corcoran   SC17-1996
  This case involves a challenge to an education ball passed by the 2017 Legislature.    
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.


11-20-2017 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.    
11-02-2017 Sarasota Doctor's Hospital v. Sarasota County   SC15-2292
  This case involves a dispute about a 2003 law directing Sarasota County to reimburse private hospitals for indigent care.
10-26-2017 Flo & Eddie v. Sirius XM Radio   SC16-1161
  This case involves a copyright dispute arising from Sirius XM Radio broadcasting songs by the popular 1960s band called The Turtles.    
10-23-2017 Daniel Fernandez v. Fla. Dept. of Health   SC17-1165
  This case challenges rules adopted by the Department's setting maximum amounts physicians can charge for reproduction of medical records.    
10-17-2017 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.    
10-16-2017 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.    
10-05-2017 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.    
10-04-2017 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.    
09-28-2017 Gretna Racing v. Fla. Dept of Business & Professional Regulation   SC15-1929
  This case asks whether local voters can authorize the operation of slot machines in counties outside of Dade and Broward. The Court released its Opinion on May 18, 2017.    
09-22-2017 Arthur James Martin v. State of Florida   SC17-1639
  This is a petition to stay a death-row inmates proceedings in Jacksonville due to Hurricane Irma.    
08-31-2017 Aramis Donell Ayala v. Rick Scott   SC17-653
  Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Aramis Ayala filed a petition challenging Gov. Rick Scott's orders removing certain death penalty cases from her authority. The Court issued its Opinion on Aug. 31, 2017.   Opinion
08-04-2017 Toby Bogorff v. Rick Scott   SC17-1155
  This case challenges the governor's line-item veto of 2017-18 state funds appropriated to reimburse for the destruction of trees in the state's citrus canker program.    
07-14-2017 Michelle Rhea v. Hernando School Bd.   SC17-631
  This case involves lawsuits filed by parents after they "opted out" of mandatory public school testing and their children then were not promoted to the next grade level.    
06-02-2017 John Doe v. State of Florida   SC16-1852
  This case looks at whether judges can hold Baker Act proceedings using videoteleconferencing.    
05-04-2017 Florida Department of Revenue v. DirecTV   SC15-1249
  This case challenges a state law that taxes satellite television providers at a higher rate than cable TV.    
05-04-2017 Dale Lee Norman v. State of Florida   SC15-650
  This case challenges the constitutionality of Florida's statute restricting the "open carry" of firearms.    
04-25-2017 Aramis Donell Ayala v. Rick Scott (II)   SC17-656
  Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Aramis Ayala has filed petition asking the Court to recognize her authority or stay certain death penalty cases pending disposition of her separate petition against Gov. Rick Scott.    
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.


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).