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Finalized Case Filings Docket
2017 Mark James Asay v. Julie Jones   Docket
 
This case asks whether the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hurst v. Florida applies retroactively to death penalty cases decided before another U.S. Supreme Court decision, Ring v. Arizona, was issued in 2002.
   
       
  Brian Pitts v. Joe Negron  

Docket

 

 

Pitts has challenged the authority of legislative and executive branch officers to take certain actions related to legislation.

   
 
 
   
  Joanne McCall v. Rick Scott  

Docket

 

 

The Florida Education Association and others have challenged the state's tax credit scholarship program.

   
 
 
   
2016 The Florida Bar v. Robert D. Adams & The Florida Bar v. Adam R. Filthaut

 

 

Docket

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These two Florida Bar members have been charged with ethics violations related to the DUI arrest of opposing counsel in a case.

   
       
  The Florida Bar v. Maria Elena Perez  

Docket

 

 

The Bar has brought ethics charges against Perez for her work in an NCAA probe of University of Miami athletics.

   
 
 
   
  David Rivera v. Commission on Ethics  

Docket

 

 

Former state Rep. David Rivera is challenging ethics charges brought against him.

   
 
 
   
  Carol Scott v. Mike Hogan  

Docket

Docket

 

This case involves the question of whether the presence of a write-in candidate in a state attorney election closes the primary.

  Docket
 
 
   
  Advisory Opinion to the Attorney General: Rights of Electricity Consumers  

Docket

Docket

 

This case involves a proposed amendment to the state Constitutution on the rights of electricity consumers, also know as the Smart Solar initiative.

   
 
 
   
  Estate of Lawson v. Shands Hospital   Docket
 

This case involves questions of liability for a patient escaping a mental hospital who was killed when she then ran onto a nearby Interstate highway.

   
 
 
   
  Dalia Dippolito v. State of Florida   Docket
 

This case seeks a writ of prohibition in a pending murder case.

   
 
 
   
  The Florida Bar v. Christopher Chestnut   Docket
 

The Florida Bar seeks an emergency suspension of Mr. Chestnut’s Bar membership

   
 
 
   
  Florida Solar Energy Industry Ass'n v. Ken Detzner   Docket
 

This petition seeks a writ of mandamus to remove from the November 8 ballot Amendment 1, a proposed constitutional amendment on solar power.

   
 
 
   
  William Williams v. State of Florida   Docket
 

This case challenges a statute that lets the state punish people for refusing to take a breath test in a traffic stop.

   
 
 
   
  Judith W. Hawkins v. The Florida Bar   Docket
 

Former Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins has filed a petition for reinstatement as a member of The Florida Bar following her 2015 suspension.

   
       
  City of Tallahassee v. Erwin D. Jackson   Docket
 

These two Florida Bar members have been charged with ethics violations related to the DUI arrest of opposing counsel in a case.

   
       
  Marvin Castellanos v. Next Door Company, et. al.

 

 

Docket

 

 

This case asks whether the state workers’ compensation statute violated the Constitution when it restricted attorneys’ fees in a claims case.

   
       
  Bradley Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg

 

 

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This case involves a dispute over disability benefits for an injured firefighter.

   
       
  Diane Bengivengo v. Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

Docket

 

 

This case challenges the use of senior judges in certain foreclosure cases in the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

   
       
  Daniel Stahl v. Hialeah Hospital

 

 

Docket

 

 

This case challenges the constitutionality of Florida's workers compensation law.

   
       
  League of Women Voters v. Ken Detzner

 

 

Docket

 

 

This case is about the legal validity of Florida's 2016 congressional districting maps.

   
       
  AHCA v. Baker County Medical Services

 

 

Docket

Docket

 

These consolidated cases ask whether a Baker County hospital can challenge plans for a new Jacksonville medical center.

   
       
  Lawsuits regarding mid-term judicial vacancies

 

 

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These cases address how trial judges are to be selected to fill vacancies on the bench.

   
       
  Ana Maria Cardona v. State of Florida

 

 

Docket

 

 

This case is Cardona's automatic appeal to the Florida Supreme Court for her conviction and death sentence.

   
       
  John Connolly v. State of Florida

 

 

Docket

 

 

This case involves the second-degree murder conviction of former FBI agent John Connolly

   
       
Finalized Case Filings Docket
       
2015 License Acquisitions v. Debary Real Estate,
& DBPR v. Debary Real Estate

Filings

Filings

Docket

Docket

 

These cases involve a challenge to a state law that lets the holder of a pari-mutuel permit to change the class of the permit from jai-alai to greyhound racing.

   
       
  Richard R. McDade v. State of Florida   Docket
 

This case involves the admissibility of audio recordings made by the victim into evidence at trial.

   
       
  Florida Workers' Advocates v. State of Florida   Docket
 

This case involves review of a District Court of Appeal case declaring Florida's workers compensation laws valid.

   
       
  Advisory Opinion to the Attorney General: Medical Marijuana  

Docket

Docket

 

The Attorney General has asked the Court to review a proposed constitutional amendment to authorize certain medical uses of marijuana.

   
       
  The Florida Bar Re: Advisory Opinion - Scharrer v. Fundamental Administrative Services   Docket
 

This case is about a proposed advisory opinion from the Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law.

   
       
  Florida Bar v. Christopher M. Chestnut   Docket
 

The Florida Bar has brought ethics charges against Mr. Chestnut in connection with a lawsuit he filed against rap artist Plies (Algernod Washington) and other matters.

   
       
  Enock Plancher, etc. v. UCF Athletics Association, et. al  

Docket

Docket

 

These cases involve the amount of damages a state college athletic program owes for injuries to a student athlete.

   
       
  The Florida Bar Re: Advisory Opinion - Activities of Community Association Managers   Docket
 

This case is about a proposed advisory opinion from the Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law regarding activities of community association managers.

   
       
  In Re: Petition to Raise Bar Dues   Docket
 

A number of Florida lawyers have petitioned the Court to raise Bar dues to pay for legal services and court access.

   
       
  The Florida Bar v. Janice Jennings   Docket
 

The Florida Bar filed a complaint that this attorney has caused or may cause serious harm to her clients.

   
       
  Advisory Opinion to the Attorney General: Local Solar Electricity Supply  

Docket

Docket

 

This proposed amendment to the state Constitution would limit or prevent government and electric utility barriers to supplying local solar electricity. SC15-890 is the Financial Impact Statement.

   
       
  In re: Petition for Disciplinary Revocation of Stephen Christopher Diaco   Docket
 

Diaco as petitioned the Court for disciplinary revocation of his law license related to the ethics charges brought against him in SC14-1052.

   
       
  Alachua County, et al. v. Expedia, Inc.   Docket
 

This case involves a dispute over taxes paid by online travel companies to counties.

   
       
  Arthenia Joyner v. Florida House of Representatives   Docket
 

Several Florida Senators seek a writ a mandamus to compel the House of Representatives to reconvene.

   
       
Finalized Case Filings Docket
2014 David P. Trotti v. Ken Detzner Filings Docket
 

This case involves a question about when a governor has authority to appoint a trial judge.

   
       
  League of Women Voters v. Data Targeting   Docket
 

This case asked the Florida Supreme Court to prohibit the First District Court of Appeal from blocking the use of certain evidence in a redistricting trial.

   
       
  Michael A. Pizzi, Jr. v. Rick Scott, Governor   Docket
 

Former Miami Lakes Mayor is suing Gov. Rick Scott in an effort to reclaim his mayoral office.

   
       
  Bainter v. League of Women Voters   Docket
 

This case involves alleged evidence held by nonparties in a lawsuit over the 2012 Florida congressional districts.

   
       
  Morris Publishing v. Florida Dept. of Education   Docket
 

This case asks about an award of attorneys fees in a public records case involving FCAT scores.

   
       
  Judge Susan B. Flood Filings Docket
 

Judge Flood is being investigated by the JQC for allegedly falsifying time sheets and having an inappropriate relationship with her baliff.

   
       
  Debra LaFave v. State of Florida Filings Docket
 

This case involves issues about a plea agreement with a teacher accused of lewd conduct with an underage student.

   
       
  Richard Masone v. City of Aventura

Filings

Filings

Docket

Docket

 

These cases pose a question about the legality of municipalities using red-light cameras to detect traffic violations..

   
       
  Mariama Shaw v. Keiba Shaw Filings Docket
 

The issue in this case is whether a same-sex couple married in another state can divorce in Florida.

   
       
  Florida Virtual School v. K12, Inc. Filings Docket
 

This case involves a dispute over trademark infringement claims.

   
       
  Barbara Herrin, et. al. v. City of Deltona Filings Docket
 

This case involves a question of whether the public has a right to be heard at governmental meetings under the Sunshine Law as it existed before recent amendments.

   
       
  James Apthorp v. Ken Detzner

Filings

Docket

 

This case involves issues surrounding blind trusts created by certain candidates for state office.

   
       
  Florida Board of Bar Examiners Re: Undocumented Immigrants

Filings

Docket

 

This case involves the issue of whether undocumented immigrants can become Florida attorneys.

   
       
  Barbara Devane v. Rick Scott, Governor

Filings

Docket

 

This petition asks the Court to order the Governor to fill the post of Lieutenant Governor.

   
       
  Carlos Ulloa v. CMI, Inc.

Filings

Docket

 

This case involves an issue arising from equipment used to administer breath tests to DUI defendants.

   
       
  Medical Marijuana Initiative

Filings

Filings

Docket

Docket

 

A citizens' group has proposed a constitutional amendment permitting medical use of marijuana.

   
       
  David Trotti v. Ken Detzner

Filings

 

Docket

 

 

This case asks whether a judgeship in the Fourth Circuit should be filled by election or appointment by the Governor.

   
       
  Dane P. Abdool, et. al. v. Pam Bondi, etc., et. al.

Filings

 

Docket

 

 

This case challenges the Timely Justice Act, which deals with the death penalty.

   
       
  The Florida Bar v. Re: Henry N. Adorno

Filings

 

Docket

 

 

Attorney Henry N. Adorno was suspended from practice in October 2010 for ethical offenses and now seeks reinstatement.

   
       
  Citizens of the State of Florida v. PSC

Filings

 

Docket

 

 

This case involves a rate increase for Florida Power & Light Company.

   
       
Finalized Case Filings Docket
2013 State of Florida v. Pierre Domville Filings Docket
 

This case asks whether judges are required in certain circumstances to recuse themselves if they are Facebook friends with an attorney appearing before them.

   
       
  11th Circuit Public Defender v. State of Florida

Filings

Filings

Docket

Docket

 

These cases involve an issue arising from the 11th Circuit (Miami-Dade) Public Defender's decision to decline representation in some felony cases.

   
       
  Florida House of Representatives v. League of Women Voters Filings Docket
 

This petition involves a lower court case about redistricting.

   
       
  The Florida Bar v. Timothy Patrick McCabe

Filings

Filings

Docket

Docket

 

In these two cases, The Florida Bar has filed a complaint against and seeks the emergency suspension of Palm Beach attorney Timothy McCabe.

   
       
  D.M.T. v. T.M.H.

Filings

Docket

 

This case involves the constitutionality of a state law that terminates the parental rights of people who donate eggs, sperm or preembroyos.

   
       
  The Florida Bar v. David J. Stern

Filings

Docket

 

The Florida Bar has filed this complaint related to alleged misconduct in foreclosure cases.

   
       
  Advisory Opinion to the Attorney General: Land Acquisition Trust Fund

Filings

 

Docket

 

 

The attorney general requests an advisory opinion regarding a proposed constitutional amendment that would dedicate funds for the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire and restore conservation and recreation lands.

   
       
  Roman Pino v. The Bank of New York Mellon

Filings

 

Docket

 

 

This cases presents issues related to alleged foreclosure fraud.

   
       
  Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco v. State of Florida

Filings

 

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This case involves allegations of corruption against the mayor of Tamarac.

   
       
  The League of Women Voters of Florida, et al v. The Florida House of Representatives, et al & Rene Romo, et al v. The Florida House of Representatives, et al.

Filings

Filings

Docket

Docket

 

These cases involve a dispute over whether legislators and legislative staff can be forced to answer questions about the Congressional redistricting process.

   
       
Finalized Case Filings Docket
2012 Florida Gaming Centers v. DBPR Filings Docket
 

This case involves the constitutionality of a statute authorizing slot machine gaming at pari-mutuel facilities.

   
       
  West Flagler Associates v. South Florida Racing Filings Docket
 

This case involves the constitutionality of a statute authorizing slot machine gaming at pari-mutuel facilities.

   
       
  Calder Race Course v. DBPR Filings Docket
 

Calder challenges a statute allowing an expansion of gaming at pari-mutuel facilities.

   
       
  William Telli v. Broward County, et. al. Filings Docket
 

This case involves the constitutionality of term limits approved by voters in Broward County for their county commissioners.

   
       
  The Florida Bar v. N. James Turner Filings Docket
 

This case involves Bar ethics proceedings against a former judge.

   
       
  State of Florida v. Luke Jarrod Adkins Filings Docket
 

This case involves a lower court order declaring unconstitutional a state statute dealing with criminal drug offenses.

   
       
  Denny Jones v. Kenneth Detzner Filings Docket
 

This case asks that the Court declare Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, and Peggy A. Quince not qualified for the November ballot.

   
       
  Citizens of the State of Florida v. Ronald A. Brise Filings Docket
 

The case involves a challenge to a Florida Public Service Commission's settlement giving Florida Power & Light Co. authority to increase base rates.

   
       
  Amanda Jean Hall v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Filings Docket
 

This case involves the constitutionality of a statute capping the bond that must be posted to appeal an award in a smoking lawsuit.

   
       
  State of Florida v. Richard Catalano Filings Docket
 

This case involves the constitutionality of a statute restricting the volume of car stereo systems played on public streets.

   
       
  In re: Judicial Branch Governance Filings Docket
 

This case involves various requests for reconsideration of judicial branch governance standards established by the Supreme Court in a February 9, 2012, opinion.

   
       
  2012 Legislative Apportionment (Original Case) Filings Docket
 

In this case, the Court will review new legislative districting maps drawn by the legislature to reflect population shifts in Florida. The Court issued its Opinion on March 9, 2012.

   
       
  2012 Legislative Apportionment (Senate Maps) Filings Docket
 

In this case, the Court will review new legislative Senate districting maps drawn by the legislature to reflect population shifts in Florida.

   
       
  Bob Graham v. Mike Haridopolos Filings Docket
 

This case asks the Court to determine the extent of the Board of Governors' constitutional authority to regulate the state university system.

   
       
  Southern Alliance for Energy v. Art Graham Filings Docket
 

This cases involves the constitutionality of a law letting energy companies recover some costs for the future construction of nuclear plants.

   
       
  Haridopolos v. Citizens for Strong Schools Filings Docket
 

This case involves a lawsuit challenging the adequacy of school funding.

   
       
  Rick Scott v. George Williams Filings Docket
 

This case involves a challenge to a law requiring state workers to contribute 3 percent toward their retirement plan.

   
       
  In re: Implementation of Electronic Filing Filings Docket
 

This case involves standards, procedures, and time tables for the implementation of electronic filing in the Florida State Courts.

   
       
Finalized Case Filings Docket
2011 Thad Altman v. Richard Scott Filings Docket
 

A petition has been filed regarding high speed rail in Florida. The Court denied relief March 4, 2011.

   
       
  Rawlis Leslie v. The St. Joe Company Filings Docket
 

This case alleges a conflict of interest in the way the First District Court of Appeal resolved an appeal.

   
       
  David Bivens v. City of Lakeland Filings Docket
 

Bivens is challenging decisions by two judges of the 1st District Court of Appeal who would not recuse themselves from his appeal over a workers compensation claim that had been denied.

   
       
  Lowell Kuvin v. City of Coral Gables Filings Docket
 

This cases involves a challenge to a Coral Gables zoning code restricting the parking of pickup trucks along city streets during evening hours.

   
       
  In Re: Statewide Grand Jury Filings Docket
 

On Oct. 14, 2009, the Governor asked the Court to impanel a statewide grand jury. An Interim Report was filed on December 29, 2010. See the Attorney General's website for more information.

   
       
  The Florida Bar v. John T. Stemberger Filings Docket
 

The Florida Bar has filed a complaint against Stemberger for alleged ethical breaches associated with a dependency case in Orange County.

   
       
  Governor Crist v. Robert M. Ervin

Filings

Filings

Docket

Docket

 

These cases involve legislative allocation of user fees collected by the trial court clerks.

   
       
  Florida Bar v. Henry Adorno Filings Docket
 

This disciplinary action arises from Adorno's involvement in litigation over emergency medical assessment fees imposed by the City of Miami.

   
       
  R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Mathilde Martin, etc. Filings Docket
 

R.J. Reynolds asks this Court to review the award of damages to the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer.

   
       
  Rosalie Whiley v. Richard Scott Filings Docket
 

Whiley sued the Governor challenging his decision to suspend certain executive-branch rulemaking.

   
       
  The Florida Bar v. David J. Stern Filings Docket
 

The Florida Bar has filed this complaint related to alleged misconduct in foreclosure cases.

   
       
  Jeffrey Lewis v. Leon County Filings Docket
 

This case poses the question of who must pay for Regional Conflict Counsel, the counties or the State.

   
       
  Foreclosure Mediation Program Website  
 

The Report on Florida's managed foreclosure mediation program is now on-line. The progrram was terminated December 19, 2011.

   
       
  Innocence Commission Website  
 

On July 2, 2010, Chief Justice Charles T. Canady issued an Administrative Order creating an Innocence Commission. On June 21, 2011, it issued an interim report.

   
       
  Judicial Branch Governance Study Website  
 

The Judicial Branch Governance Study Group submitted its final report and recommendation to the Supreme Court on February 1, 2011. It proposes changes to the way the judicial branch is governed.

   
       
  Christopher Johnson v. State of Florida Filings Docket
 

This case involves questions about when a public defender may withdraw from a case, thereby triggering a requirement that the Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel take the case.

   
       
Finalized Case Filings Docket
2010 Bush v. Gore 10 Year Retrospective Photos Website  
 

The Florida Supreme Court is releasing archival photographs on the 10th anniversary of the 2000 presidential election appeals.

   
       
  FEA v. Florida Dept. of State Filings Docket
 

This case involves a challenge to proposed Amendment 8 scheduled to appear on the November ballot.

   
       
  Sarasota Citizens for Responsible Government v. City of Sarasota Filings Docket
  The case involves the validity of a bond issue by the City and County of Sarasota to build a spring training stadium for the Baltimore Orioles.    
       
  Ken Jenne v. Florida Department of Management Services Filings Docket
  Jenne sought review of a decision of the 1st District Court holding that he has forfeited his state retirement benefits. The Court dismissed the case on September 28, 2010.    
       
  FEA v. Florida Dept. of State Filings Docket
  This case involves a challenge to proposed Amendment 8 scheduled to appear on the November ballot.    
       
  Miccosukee Tribe v. South Florida Water Management District

Filings

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Docket

Docket

  These cases involve a bond issue to restore part of the Everglades.    
       
  Florida Department of State v. Mona Mangat Filings Docket
  This case involves a challenge to proposed Amendment 9 currently scheduled to appear on the November ballot. The court issued its opinion on August 31, 2010.    
       
  Dawn Roberts v. Brian Doyle Filings Docket
  This case involves a challenge to proposed Amendment 3 currently scheduled to appear on the November ballot. The court issued its opinion on August 31, 2010.    
       
  Dawn Roberts v. NAACP Filings Docket
  This case involves the placement of Amendment 7 on the November ballot, relating to redistricting. The court issued its opinion on August 31, 2010.    
       
  Dawn Roberts v. Corrine Brown Filings Docket
  The interim Secretary of State has petitioned the Court to prohibit or assume jurisdiction of a challenge filed in the Leon County Circuit Court to proposed constitutional amendments 5 and 6 currently scheduled to be on the 2010 general election ballot. The court issued its opinion on August 31, 2010.    
       
  Collier County Commissioners v. Brock Filings Docket
  This case concerns the scope of the powers exercised by the clerk of the circuit court in Collier County acting in his capacity as county auditor and custodian of county funds.    
       
  FTC v. Olmstead Filings Docket
  This case presents the question of whether creditors can seize the assets of a single-member limited liability company under Florida law.    
       
  Governor's Request for an Advisory Opinion: Judicial Vacancy in Escambia County Filings Docket
  Governor Crist has asked the Court for an advisory opinion regarding the judicial vacancy created by the resignation of Escambia County Judge David B. Ackerman.    
       
  Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association v. Dawn K. Roberts Filings Docket
  The Association has filed suit to remove proviso language from the state budget prohibiting the use of state funds to pay for attorneys' Bar dues.    
       
  McNeil v. Council for Secular Humanism Filings Docket
  This case involves a challenge to the state's use of faith-based organizations to operate transitional programs for certain inmates.    
       
  Model Administrative Order on Court Closures Filings Docket
  On June 15, 2010, the Court announced a new model Administrative Order that will be used in the future to extend and suspend certain legal deadlines in the event a Florida state court is closed due to an emergency.    
       
  Jurors' Use of the Social Media Filings Docket
  This proposal asks the Court to consider new instructions to jurors restricting their use of the Social Media and other forms of electronic communications, such as Twitter.    
       
  Save Our Homes Cases

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  These cases involve challenges to Florida's Save Our Homes property tax laws.    
       
  NCAA v. AP, et. al. Filings Docket
  The NCAA asks the Court to review a decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal in a case involving Florida’s public records laws.    
       
  Citizens' Initiative on Hometown Democracy Petition Filings Docket
  This is a citizens' initiative to amend the Constitution to provide that citizens have a right to decide local growth management changes.    
       
  Browning v. Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections Filings Docket
  This case involves a proposed amendment to the Sarasota County charter requiring the use of voting systems that provide a verified paper ballot.    
       
Finalized Case Filings Docket
2009 Florida Bar v. Scott W. Rothstein Filings Docket
 

The Florida Bar and attorney Scott W. Rothstein have reached an agreement for disbarment by consent. The Court permanently disbarred him.

   
       
  John Couey v. State of Florida Filings Docket
 

This case is Couey's automatic appeal to the Florida Supreme Court for his conviction and death sentence in the murder of Jessica Lunsford.

   
       
  Robert Pleus, Jr. v. Charles Crist Filings Docket
 

Retired Judge Robert Pleus filed suit in the Supreme Court over a vacancy on the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona.

   
       
  Advisory Opinion to the Attorney General: Legislative Redistricting Filings Docket
 

The Attorney General has filed a citizens' initiative on legislative redistricting standards for the Court to determine whether it meets legal standards for placement on the ballot.

The fiscal impact statement also has been presented to the Court for review.

 

 

 

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  Citizens' Initiative on Congressional Reapportionment Filings Docket
 

The Attorney General has filed a citizens' initiative on congressional redistricting standards for the Court to determine whether it meets legal standards for placement on the ballot.

The fiscal impact statement also has been presented to the Court for review.

 

 

 

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  Liberty Counsel v. Florida Bar Filings Docket
 

Liberty Counsel filed for injunctive relief regarding The Florida Bar Board of Governors' vote to allow the Bar's Family Law Section to file an amicus brief. That brief would be in an appeal from a court ruling striking as unconstitutional a state statute that bars homosexuals from adopting.

   
       
  The Florida Bar v. William Abramson Filings Docket
 

In these two cases, The Florida Bar is asking the Court to impose discipline on attorney William Abramson for alleged ethical violations.

Filings Docket
       
  Robert M. Ervin v. Florida Legislature Filings Docket
 

Several Florida attorneys have sued the Legislature and other state officials over the allocation of user fees collected by the clerks of the trial courts.

   
       
  Governor's Request for an Advisory Opinion: Re: William Abramson Filings Docket
 

The Governor has requested an advisory opinion regarding the election of William Abramson as a judge.

   
       
  Florida House of Representatives v. Crist Filings Docket
 

On November 19, 2007, the Florida House of Representatives and Speaker Marco Rubio filed suit in the Supreme Court challenging a Seminole Indian Gaming Compact negotiated by Governor Crist.

   
       
Finalized Case Filings Docket
2008 Citizens' Initiative on Land-Use Planning Filings Docket
 

On February 1, 2006, the Attorney General petitioned the Court to review a proposed constitutional amendment requiring that changes to local land-use plans be submitted to the voters. The Court issued its Opinion on June 22, 2006.

In addition, on March 27, 2006, the Attorney General has filed a separate petition that asks the Court to review a financial impact estimate that will be provided to voters if the land-use initiative is placed on the ballot. The Court rejected the initial estimate, and the Attorney General submitted a new one.

Filings Docket
       
  Jews for Jesus v. Rapp Filings Docket
 

This case asks whether and to what extent Florida will permit lawsuits for publications that allegedly place people in a "false light."

   
       
  Florida Bar v. Laura L. Hess Filings Docket
 

The Florida Bar has filed a disciplinary action against attorney Laura Hess.

   
       
  Strand v. Escambia County Filings Docket
 

In this case, the Court found that certain government bond issues do not need to be approved in advance by voters.

   
       
  State v. 11th Circuit Public Defender Filings Docket
 

This case involves a question of whether a Florida public defender's office can curtail its caseload due to budget cuts.

   
       
  Anthrax Case Filings Docket
 

The U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on June 11 filed a Certified Question with the Florida Supreme Court regarding a death caused by anthrax contamination at the American Media buildng in Boca Raton in 2001. The Court issued its Opinion on Oct. 30, 2008.

   
       
  Pedro Dijols v. Mardi Anne Levey Filings Docket
 

Dijols seeks review of a district court decision ordering that Levey's name appear on the ballot in a Broward county judicial election.

   
       
  Pedro Dijols v. Kurt S. Browning Filings Docket
 

Dijols filed an emergency petition for a writ of quo warranto over the disputed results of a judicial election in Palm Beach County.

   
       
  Dept. of State v. Slough Filings Docket
 

This is an appeal from a trial court order striking constitutional Amendment 5, proposed by the Tax & Budget Reform Commission, from the November ballot

   
       
  Ford v. Browning Filings Docket
 

This is an appeal from a trial court order authorizing constitutional Amendments 7 & 9, proposed by the Tax & Budget Reform Commission, to be placed on the November ballot

   
       
  Citizens' Initiative on 1.35% Tax Cap Filings Docket
 

The Attorney General has filed a citizens' initiative regarding a 1.35% tax cap.

The fiscal impact statement also has been presented to the Court for review.

 

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  Florida Lobbyist Regulation Case Filings Docket
 

This case involves a legal challenge to a new Florida statute regulating executive and legislative lobbying.

   
       
  Citizens' Initiative on Growth Management Filings Docket
 

This is a citizens' initiative to amend the Constitution to provide that citizens have a right to decide local growth management changes.

Filings Docket
       
  The Florida Bar v. Ken Jenne Filings Docket
 

At the request of The Florida Bar, the Court has suspended attorney Ken Jenne because of his conviction of a felony and ordered that a referee be appointed to investigate the matter.

   
       
  Statewide Grand Jury Filings Docket
 

On June 19, 2007, the Governor asked the Court to impanel a statewide grand jury. The Court entered an order impaneling the statewide grand jury on June 20, 2007. An Interim Report was filed January 15, 2008.

   
       
  Allstate v. Office of Insurance Regulation Filings Docket
 

This case involves the State's suspension of Allstate's authority to write new policies in Florida.

   
       
  Advisory Opinion to the Governor re: Judicial Appointment Powers Filings Docket
 

On May 5, 2008, Gov. Charlie Crist filed this petition asking whether he can appoint a replacement for retired Leon County Judge Tim Harley.

   
       
  Crist v. Fla. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Filings Docket
 

This case arises from a trial court order declaring unconstitutional Florida's five recently created offices of conflict counsel

   
       
Finalized Case Filings Docket
2007 Coleman Holdings v. Morgan Stanley Filings Docket
  This case involved legal implications of the collapse of Sunbeam stock was filed with the Court on July 5, 2007. The court dismissed the case without a decision on December 12, 2007.    
       
  Lightbourne v. McCollum Filings Docket
  A number of death row inmates sued the state following alleged irregularities in the execution of Angel Diaz.    
       
  On August 10, 2007, the Attorney General filed a separate petition seeking to reverse an order of the trial court regarding viewing the death chamber and a walk-through. The Court denied review on August 20, 2007. Filings Docket
       
  Browning v. Hersh Filings Docket
  This case involves a challenge to a proposed constitutional amended on property taxes. It was dismissed October 31, 2007.    
       
  An earlier case filed by Hersh in the Florida Supreme Court was remanded for a hearing by the trial court in Tallahassee. Filings Docket
       
  Validity of Slot Machine Amendment Filings Docket
  This case involves the question of whether a constitutional amendment approved by the voters can later be invalidated if petitions needed to put it on the ballot later are shown to be fraudulent.    
       
  Joe Anderson v. Gannett Co. Filings Docket
  This case asked whether and to what extent Florida will permit lawsuits for publications that allegedly place people in a "false light."    
       
  Citizens' Initiative on Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research Filings Docket
  On November 30, 2006, the Attorney General filed a petition for review of a proposed citizens' initiative banning state spending on research that requires the destruction of a live human embryo.    
       
  In addition, on January 16, 2007, the Attorney General filed a separate petition that asks the Court to review a financial impact estimate that will be provided to voters if the initiative is placed on the ballot. Filings Docket
       
  Citizens' Initiative on Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research Filings Docket
  On November 7, 2006, the Attorney General filed a petition for review of a proposed citizens' initiative to fund embryonic stem cell research. The Court must review the proposed constitutional amendment to ensure it addresses only a single subject and has an accurate ballot summary.    
       
  In addition, on November 22, 2006, the Attorney General filed a separate petition that asks the Court to review a financial impact estimate that will be provided to voters if the initiative is placed on the ballot. Filings Docket
       
  Richard Vincent Paey v. State of Florida Filings Docket
  This case involves a challenge to Florida's drug trafficking laws. The Court dismissed the appeal on March 9, 2007.    
       
  Chief Justice's Inquiry into Sealed Court Records Webpage  
  On Oct. 3, 2006, Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis asked circuit chief judges to report to him by Oct. 13, 2006, on the status of sealed court records in their courts. He also asked The Florida Bar to report on recommended Rules changes by Nov. 1, 2006, on the sealing of court records. Public comments are now being filed with the Court. Oral arguments were held on March 5, 2007.    
       
  Harry Shorstein v. Seventh Judicial Circuit State Attorney Filings Docket
  On November 3, 2006, a notice of appeal was filed in this case involving an investigation of alleged inmate abuse in Flagler County.    
       
  The Florida Bar v. Ken Jenne Filings Docket
  At the request of The Florida Bar, the Court has suspended attorney Ken Jenne because of his conviction of a felony and ordered that a referee be appointed to investigate the matter.    
       
Finalized Case Filings Docket
2006 Citizens' Initiative on Sales Tax Review by 2008 Filings Docket
  On September 1, 2005, the Attorney General asked the Court to review a citizens' initiative requiring a legislative review of current sales tax exemptions prior to July 1, 2008.    
       
  In addition, the Attorney General has filed a separate petition that asks the Court to review a financial impact estimate that will be provided to voters if the sales tax initiative is placed on the ballot. Filings Docket
       
  Gulfstream Park Racing Cases Filings Docket
  These cases involve lower court decisions striking a state statute authorizing simulcasting between two racing facilities in South Florida. In a companion case, Hartman-Tyner Inc. v. Gulfstream Park Racing, Filings and Docket information also are available.    
       
  Citizens' Initiative on Periodic Review of Sales Taxes Filings Docket
  On September 1, 2005, the Attorney General asked the Court to review a citizens' initiative requiring a legislative review of certain sales tax exemptions every ten years.    
       
  In addition, the Attorney General has filed a separate petition that asks the Court to review a financial impact estimate that will be provided to voters if the sales tax initiative is placed on the ballot. Filings Docket
       
  Citizens' Initiative on Sales Tax Legislation Filings Docket
  On September 1, 2005, the Attorney General asked the Court to review a citizens' initiative requiring that each law creating or reenacting a sales tax exemption must contain only a single exemption and a statement of certain matters.    
       
  In addition, the Attorney General has filed a separate petition that asks the Court to review a financial impact estimate that will be provided to voters if the sales tax initiative is placed on the ballot. Filings Docket
       
  Stuart Horowitz v. Plantation General Hospital Filings Docket
  On February 17, 2006, the Court accepted jurisdiction in this medical malpractice case. It raises the issue of the extent to which hospitals can be held liable for the malpractice of physicians to whom they have granted staff privileges.    
       
  Wiccan Religious Cooperative v. Jim Zingale Filings Docket
  The Wiccan Religious Cooperative challenges state tax exemption laws regarding sales of certain religious objects. The Opinion in this case was issued October 26, 2006.    
       
  Engle v. Liggett Group Filings Docket
  The Court is reviewing a decision in which the lower appeals court reversed a jury verdict against tobacco companies. Oral Arguments were November 3, 2004. The Opinion was released July 6, 2006.    
       
  Sue Cobb v. Sarasota County Commission Filings Docket
  On October 6, 2006, the Court received this case about a proposed local election regulation in Sarasota County. The 2nd District Court of Appeal certified this case to the Florida Supreme Court. The Court issued an Order declining to review the case October 12, 2006.    
       
  Governor's Request for an Advisory Opinion -- Retirement of Judge Ervin Filings Docket
  On June 20, 2006, the Governor requested an advisory opinion arising from the circumstances surrounding the retirement of Judge Richard Ervin of the First District Court of Appeal. The Court released its Opinion on September 15, 2006.    
       
  Wyon Dale Childers v. State of Florida Filings Docket
  W.D. Childers asked the Court to review a decision by the First District Court of Appeal upholding his conviction on bribery-related charges. The Court declined review.    
       
  Judicial Nominating Commission v. Sue M. Cobb Filings Docket
  JNC petitioned for writ of mandamus challenging parts of House Bill 113 regarding whether newly created judgeships must be filled by gubernatorial appointment or election. The Court dismissed the case.    
       
  Petition on Attorney Contingency Fee Agreements Filings Docket
  A peitition by more than 50 members of The Florida Bar seeks to amend the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar in light of a 2004 amendment to the state Constitution about attorney contingency fee agreements. Oral Arguments were November 30, 2005. The Bar developed a new Rule implementing the amendment and submitted it to the Court on February 23, 2006.    
       
  Emergency Petition to Extend DNA Testing Deadlines Filings Docket
  This emergency petition sought to extend the deadline for testing DNA samples taken from crime scenes that might prove the innoncence of persons convicted of crimes. The Court extended the deadline to July 1, 2006, and asked for public comment about the extension.    
       
  Citizens' Initiative on Tobacco Filings Docket
  On October 20, 2005, the Attorney General asked the Court to review a citizens' initiative on how the state spends its tobacco settlement money. Oral arguments are set for March 8, 2006    
       
  In addition, the Attorney General has filed a separate petition that asks the Court to review a financial impact estimate that will be provided to voters if the tobacco initiative is placed on the ballot. Filings Docket
       
  Citizens' Initiative on Redistricting Filings Docket
  On September 1, 2005, the Attorney General asked the Court to review a citizens' initiative defining marriage in Florida. Oral arguments are set for February 8, 2006.    
       
  In addition, the Attorney General has filed a separate petition that asks the Court to review a financial impact estimate that will be provided to voters if the marriage initiative is placed on the ballot. Filings Docket
       
  Citizens' Initiative on Marriage Filings Docket
  On September 1, 2005, the Attorney General asked the Court to review a citizens' initiative defining marriage in Florida. Oral arguments are set for February 8, 2006.    
       
  In addition, the Attorney General has filed a separate petition that asks the Court to review a financial impact estimate that will be provided to voters if the marriage initiative is placed on the ballot. Filings Docket
       
  Request for Advisory Opinion on Vacancies Filings Docket
  Gov. Jeb Bush requested an advisory opinion on executive powers and duties related to vacancies.    
       
  Citizens' Initiative to Redraw Election Districts Filings Docket
  On September 29, 2005, the Attorney General asked the Court to review a citizens' initiative that would require that state legislative and congressional districts be redrawn in 2007. Oral arguments are set for February 9, 2006. The sponsors voluntarily withdrew this initiative on February 3, 2006.    
       
  In addition, the Attorney General has filed a separate petition that asks the Court to review a financial impact estimate that will be provided to voters if this initiative is placed on the ballot. This petition also has been withdrawn. Filings
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  Jeb Bush v. Ruth Holmes Filings Docket
  In this case, the Court reviewed a challenge to a state statute creating Opportunity Scholarships, often called "school vouchers." Oral Arguments were June 7, 2005. The Decision striking the statute in this case was released January 5, 2006.    
       
Finalized Case Filings Docket
2005 Wilson v. Judd. This case involved a question of journalists' access to evidence and photographs in a high-profile murder trial. 05-2256 Docket
       
  PSC Phone Rate Case. These consolidated cases involved a phone rate increase authorized by the Pubic Service Commission. Oral Arguments were March 11, 2005. 04-9
04-10
04-946
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  Emergency Petition on Out-of-State Lawyers. The Florida Bar filed a petition on September 14, 2005, regarding allowing out-of-state attorneys to practice law in Florida under limited circumstances, including attorneys affected by Hurricane Katrina, which the Court authorized. Oral Arguments were held February 10, 2005. 04-135 Docket
       
  The Schiavo Cases. These cases involved questions surrounding the guardianship of a woman found by a court to be in a persistent vegetative state but who had left no written living will. Website  
       
  Rush Limbaugh v. State of Florida. This case involved questions of access to medical records in a criminal case involving alleged physician shopping. 04-2219 Docket
       
  The "Perfect Storm" Case. This case involved questions about a fictionalized popular movie based loosely on the lives of real persons killed in an ocean storm. Oral Arguments were February 4, 2004. 03-1251 Docket
       
  Citizens' Initiative on Land-Use Plans. A proposed amendment to the state Constitution would have required referenda to adopt and amend local land-use plans. Separate filings regarding the Financial Impact Statement and the acccompanying Docket are available. Oral Arguments were November 2, 2004.

04-1134
04-1479

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Finalized Case Filings Docket
       
2004 Haire v. Department of Agriculture. This case involved questions about the State removing citrus trees believed to have been exposed to citrus canker. Oral Arguments were October 7, 2003. 03-446 Docket
       
  Amendments to Workers' Compensation Rules. This case was filed January 30, 2004, involving the question of who now has authority to adopt Workers Compensation Rules. The case was finalized in December 2004. Oral Arguments were held September 2, 2004. 04-110 Docket
       
  AFL-CIO v. Glenda Hood. This case involved questions surrounding the use of provisional ballots in the 2004 elections. It was transferred to the circuit court, and a later Appeal was brought to this Court. The Filings and Docket for that appeal also are available.

04-1544
04-1921

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  ACLU v. Glenda Hood. This case involved questions about parental notification when a minor seeks an abortion. 04-1671 Docket
       
  Florida Democratic Party v. Glenda Hood. The Secretary of State issued emergency rules regarding manual recounts for touch-screen voting systems. The state Democratic Party challenged the rules. 04-2072 Docket
       
  Citizens' Initiative on the Bullet Train. This case involved an initiative to repeal a constitutional amendment requiring the State to build a bullet train connecting major cities. Separate filings regarding the Financial Impact Statement and the acccompanying Docket are available.

04-944
04-1172

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  Citizens' Initiative on Sales Tax Exemptions. This case sought to limit the ability of the legislature to grant exemptions to the sales tax. Separate filings regarding the Financial Impact Statement and the acccompanying Docket are available.

04-957
04-1141

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  Citizens' Initiative on a Minimum Wage. This petition established a minimum wage as part of the state Constitution. Separate filings regarding the Financial Impact Statement and the acccompanying Docket are available.

04-943
04-1056

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  Citizens' Initiative on Homestead Exemptions. A petition was filed seeking to change the value of homestead exemptions in Florida. Separate filings regarding the Financial Impact Statement and the acccompanying Docket are available. 04-942 Docket
       
  Citizens' Initiative on Adverse Medical Incidents. This proposed amendment to the state Constitution sought to establish a system of reporting adverse medical incidents. Separate filings regarding the Financial Impact Statement and the acccompanying Docket are available.

04-777
04-1052

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  Citizens' Initiative on Repeated Malpractice. A proposed amendment to the state Constitituion sought to regulate repeated medical malpractice by physicians. Separate filings regarding the Financial Impact Statement and the acccompanying Docket are available.

04-778
04-1053

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  Citizens' Initiative Regulating Physician Fees. A proposed amendment to the state Constitution sought to regulate physician fees. Separate filings regarding the Financial Impact Statement and the acccompanying Docket are available.

04-779
04-1054

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  Citizens' Initiative on Attorney Contingency Fees. This proposed amendment to the state Constitution sought to regulate attorney contingency fee agreements in certaincases. Separate filings regarding the Financial Impact Statement and the acccompanying Docket are available.

04-310
04-1051

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Finalized Case Filings Docket
       
2003 Citizens' Initiative on Slot Machines. A proposed amendment to the state Constitution sought to authorize the use of slot machines in certain facilities in southern Florida. Separate filings regarding the Financial Impact Statement and the acccompanying Docket are available. A second set of filings regarding the Financial Impact Statement and the acccompanying Docket also are available.

03-857
04-1057
04-1290

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Finalized Case Filings Docket
       
2002 State of Florida v. Aileen Wuornos. This case involved a serial killer who murdered men in central Florida. Website  
       
  Redistricting Case. This case involved legislative redistricting following the 2000 census. Website Docket
       
Finalized Case Filings Docket
       
2001 Florida Senate v. Florida Public Employees Council 79. This case involved collective bargaining by state employees. Website

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Finalized Case Filings Docket
       
2000 Presidential Election Appeals. These cases involved the dispute under Florida law as to whether George W. Bush or Al Gore lawfully had won Florida's electoral votes. View Oral Arguments in these cases. Website