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Archives

 
All Supreme Court case files that are required to be preserved by state law or the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration are transferred to the custody of the Florida Department of State. Archived files can be accessed from the State Library in Tallahasse, which is across the street from the Supreme Court Building.
 

Newsletters

 
The Office of the State Courts Administrator and other court organizations publish Newsletters such as "Full Court Press."
 

Caseload Statistics

 
Caseload statistics for the Florida Supreme Court's annual filings and dispositions are available for the following years: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000.
 

Communications Plan

 

In December 2015, the Court released its statewide Communications Plan for the entire state judicial system. The Plan is set to be implemented over a 5-year period starting in 2016.

The May 22, 2017, Report on the first-year implementation of the Communications Plan is online.

You also can read published articles about the Communications Plan

 

Court Operations

         

Florida Supreme Court Internal Operations Manual

This manual describes how the Supreme Court of Florida operates on a day-to-day basis and is intended as a guide for the press and the public at large.

The Operation & Jurisdiction of the Florida Supreme Court

This 2005 Publication is the only comprehensive work on how the Supreme Court of Florida operates. Originally published in the Nova Law Review, this article is not an official publication of the Florida Supreme Court and thus should only be cited the same way any similar law review article would be.
 

Judicial Conduct

 

Code of Judicial Conduct

The Code of Judicial Conduct  establishes standards of ethical conduct for judges and candidates for judicial office.  The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee renders written advisory opinions to inquiring judges and judicial candidates regarding application of the Code with respect to specific instances of contemplated judicial and nonjudicial conduct. Written inquiries should be addressed to the Committee Chair, Judge de la O, by e-mail at mdelao@jud11.flcourts.org. See Member List. The enabling authority for the Committee can be found on pages 21 and 22 of the Opinion issued by the Florida Supreme Court on this subject.

 
Judicial Elections
 

Ethics Guide for Candidates for Judicial Office

Prepared by the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, An Aid to Understanding Canon 7 is a guide designed to help candidates for judicial office understand the ethical obligations imposed upon them by Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

 

Judicial Campaign Conduct Forums

The Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar Board of Governors, in concert with the state’s trial court chief judges and the Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, regularly schedule campaign conduct forums for all candidates seeking election or re-election to judicial office. Ordinarily set the week following the close of qualifying, the next forums are preliminarily scheduled Thursday and Friday, May 10 and 11, 2018. All forums emphasize the nonpartisan character of judicial elections and detail requirements imposed upon candidates by Canon 7 of Florida’s Code of Judicial Conduct. Given the potential impact of campaign misconduct on public trust and confidence in the courts, all candidates in contested elections for judicial office are strongly encouraged to participate.

Key Dates in 2018

Qualifying                Monday, April 30, through Friday, May 4

Candidate Forums    Thursday, May 10, and Friday, May 11, at 1:00

Primary Election       Tuesday, August 28

General Election       Tuesday, November 6

Elections Questions

The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee will render written advisory opinions to judicial candidates concerning elections-related matters. Written inquiries should be addressed to the Elections Practices Subcommittee by e-mail at RARIAS@coj.net, or in exigent circumstances, by phone at (904)255-1318.

Official Reports

Finalized 2016

NCSC Florida Judicial Workload Assessment Final Report

The National Center for State Courts completed this Report in 2016.
 

Finalized 2011

Task Force on Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Cases

See the Website entry devoted to this subject.

 

Judicial Branch Governance Study Group: Final Report

This Report proposed changes to the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration and related rules as they affect the internal governance of the Florida State Courts System.
 

Finalized 2010

NCSC Governance Study. View the Final Report of the National Center for State Courts on the Florida Judicial Branch's governance structure.
 

Finalized 2009

2009 Report of the Commission on Character & Fitness
This Report of a Commission proposes revisions to the procedures governing character & fitness determinations of people seeking to be licensed to practice law. Warning: This document is 14 megabytes and may not download easily. A Short Version is available that excludes the attachments and is accessible to persons with disabilities. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners' Response is also available.
 
2009 Report on Florida Board of Bar Examiners Testing
This is the Report of the FBBE's Commission on Testing. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners' Response also is available.
 

Finalized 2008

2008 Report on Pro Bono Services in Florida
The Report was accepted by the Court in the fall of 2008. It examines the state of free legal advice given to the poor by Florida lawyers
 

2008 Report on Complex Litigation

The Report on managing complex litigation was received by the Court in April 2008.
 

Finalized 2006

Report of the Work Group on Standards for Jury Panel Sizes

The Final Report of this Work Group was submitted on March 10, 2006. Further information on Juries in Florida also is available.
 

2006 Report on District Court of Appeal Workload & Jurisdiction

On November 15, 2006, the Chief Justice received the Report of the Committee on District Court of Appeal Workload & Jurisdiction.

Finalized in 2005

2005 Report on District Court of Appeal Workload & Jurisdiction

On November 1, 2005, the Chief Justice received the Report of the Committee on District Court of Appeal Workload & Jurisdiction.

Finalized in 2003

Report on Guardianship Monitoring

In May 2003, the Supreme Court Commission on Fairness issued its report titled Guardianship Monitoring in Florida: Fulfilling the Court's Duty to Protect Wards.
 

Jury Innovations Project Report

Read the Final Report of the Florida Supreme Court Jury Innovations Committee issued in May 2001 and a Press Release about its activities. The 2003 Administrative Order adopting portions of the Report is also available.
 

Finalized in 2002

Report on Per Curiam Affirmed Decisions

This Report on the use of per curiam affirmed decisions was issued by the Florida Judicial Management Council in May 2000.  A Court Opinion was issued in this matter on August 29, 2002.
 

Report on the Use of Senior Judges

The Report of the Committee on the Appointment and Assignment of Senior Judges and its Transmittal Letter were submitted to the Court in late February 2002.

Finalized in 2001

Report of the Family Court Steering Committee

On May 3, 2001, the Court issued its Opinion based on the June 2000 report about a Model Family Court for Florida.
 
Final Report of the Supreme Court Workload Study Commission
This Final Report completed the Study Commission's work from 2000 and concluded that Florida should not adopt the Texas model of having two separate Supreme Courts, one to address civil issues and one to address criminal issues.

Finalized in 2000

Report of the Supreme Court Workload Study Commission

A Report of the Florida Supreme Court Workload Study Commission was released on November 9, 2000. Read the Agenda for the first meeting of the Supreme Workload Study Commission on September 25, 2000, the Official Notice of the meeting, and the Membership List.
 

Ten-Year Retrospective on Racial & Ethnic Bias

In December 2000,  the Ten Year Retrospective on Racial & Ethnic Bias was released. This report surveyed work in eliminating racial and ethnic bias in the legal system that began with the release of the First Report of the Florida Supreme Court Racial and Ethnic Bias Study Commission in 1990, followed by the Commission’s second and final report in 1991.

Finalized in 1999

Report on Florida's Baker Act

The Florida Supreme Court Fairness Commmission in December 1999 issued its Full Report, Executive Summary, and Press Release. after completing a study of the Florida Baker Act, which authorizes persons to be detained temporarily if they pose a risk of harm to themselves or others.
 

Report on Jury Service Accessibility

Read the June 1999 report on Jury Service Accessibility for Older Persons & Persons with Disabilities in Florida, a collaborative project of the Southeast Florida Center on Aging of Florida International University and the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Fairness.

Finalized in 1997

Report on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners

This 1997 Publication is the final report of the Supreme Court Select Committee to Study the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

Finalized in 1996

Report of the Gender Bias Study Implementation Commission

This 1996 Report details work to eliminate gender bias from the legal system since the 1990 Report of the Florida Supreme Court Gender Bias Study Commission.

Finalized in 1991

Report of the Racial & Ethnic Bias Study Commission

This Executive Summary describes formal reports made in 1990 and 1991 on racial and ethnic bias in Florida's legal system.

Finalized in 1990

Report of the Gender Bias Study Commission

This 1990 Executive Summary describes aa study that explored the extent of gender bias in Florida's legal system and to suggest steps to eliminate bias.
 
Finalized in 1989
Report on Mediation & Arbitration Rules
This 1989 Report dealt with proposals affecting the rules governing mediation and arbitration.
 
Finalized 1984
Article V Revisions Report
This Report examined proposed changes to the judicial article of the state Constitution.
 
Finalized 1979
Report on the Judiciary. This Report details problems that had arisen in the Supreme Court's jurisdiction and caseload by the late 1970s, which led to Constitututional reforms in 1980.
 
Report of the Commission on Appellate Court Structure. This 1979 Report makes recommendations regarding reforms to the structure of Florida appellate courts.