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06-22-2017 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.    
       
06-22-2017 Dante Martin v. State of Florida   SC17-200
  This case challenges criminal convictions related to a college hazing incident.    
       
06-22-2017 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.    
       
06-21-2017 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.    
       
06-19-2017 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.    
       
06-15-2017 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.    
       
06-12-2017 Aramis Donell Ayala v. Rick Scott   SC17-653
  Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Aramis Ayala has filed a petition challenging Gov. Rick Scott's orders removing certain death penalty cases from her authority.    
       
06-09-2017 James M. 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.    
       
06-08-2017 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.    
       
06-02-2017 John Doe v. State of Florida   SC16-1852
  This case looks at whether judges can hold Baker Act proceedings using videoteleconferencing.    
       
05-12-2017 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.    
       
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.    
       
04-21-2017 John Goodman v. State of Florida   SC16-1752
  This case involves a challenge to FDLE regulations on DUI blood tests done under the state's implied consent statute.    
       
04-20-2017 Allstate v. Orthopedic Specialists   SC15-2298
  This case involves 32 consolidated cases over PIP insurance coverage and its relationship to Medicare fee schedules set by law.    
       
04-20-2017 Advisory Opinion to the Attorney General: Voter Control of Gambling   SC16-778
SC16-871
  This case involves a proposed amendment to the state Constitution on voter control over casino gambling.    
       
04-20-2017 Advisory Opinion to the Attorney General: Voting Restoration Amendment   SC16-1785
SC16-1981
  This proposed amendment to the state Constitution would restore voting rights to certain persons convicted of crimes. The Florida Supreme Court must review it to see if in meets the minimum standards for ballot placement.    
       
04-13-2017 Charles Ganson, Jr. v. City of Marathon   SC16-1888
  This case asks whether an unlawful "taking" occurred in the way government regulated land use for a nine-acre island called Bamboo Key.    
       
04-12-2017 Altman Contractors v. Crum & Forster   SC16-1420
  This case involves questions about a statute creating a notice and repair process to resolve construction disputes between property owners and contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, or design professionals.    
       
04-06-2017 Debaun v. State of Florida   SC13-2336
  This case asks whether laws governing sexually transmissible diseases apply only when the parties involved are a man and a woman.    
       
03-17-2017 Jacqueline Luongo v. State of Florida   SC17-431
  Luongo asks that the court in Broward County be prohibited from allowing the state to seek the death penalty in her case.    
       
03-16-2017 Timothy Lee Hurst v. State of Florida   SC17-302
  Hurst petitions the Court to prohibit a new death penalty sentencing hearing from being held. In an earlier case involving Hurst, the U.S. Supreme Court declared part of Florida's death penalty statute unconstitutional and remanded the case to the Florida Supreme Court for further proceedings.    
       
03-09-2017 Cary Michael Lambrix v. Julie L. Jones   SC16-56
  This case asks how the U.S. Supreme Court case in Hurst v. Florida affects Florida cases in which the death sentences previously was imposed.    
       
03-06-2017 Patrick Albert Evans v. State of Florida; Juan Rosario v. State of Florida   SC16-1946
  Petitioners seek writs to stop the "death qualification" of juries in pending capital cases in light of the recent opinions in Hurst v. State and Perry v. State.   SC16-2133
       
02-24-2017 In re: Florida Power & Light Co. v. Miami-Dade County   SC16-2277
  The City of Miami and other governmental agencies challenge a ruling about construction of new nuclear power facilities at Turkey Point and related issues.    
       
02-23-2017 Planned Parenthood v. MMB Properties   SC15-1655
  This case centers on a dispute about whether Planned Parenthood is barred from performing abortions in a Kissimmee medical park because of deed restrictions.    
       
02-20-2017 Larry Darnell Perry v. State of Florida   SC16-547
  This case asks whether Florida's new death penalty procedure statute can be applied retroactively to prosecutions already underway when it was adopted.    
       
02-16-2017 Gainesville Woman Care v. State of Florida   SC16-381
  This case involves a temporary injunction blocking a new statute requiring women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion after they first seek medical advice.    
       
02-01-2017 State of Florida v. Kelly Mathis   SC16-2186
  The state seeks review of a gambling-related case involving suspended attorney Kelly Mathis.    
       
01-05-2017 Leon Davis Jr. v. State of Florida   SC11-1122
  This case asks how the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Hurst v. Florida applies to pending death penalty appeals in which the jury unanimously recommended the death penalty.   SC13-1
       
12-15-2016 Certification of the Need for New Judges   Website
 

The 2017 Certification of the need for new judges is available  Certificationwill be considered next by the Legislature. Historical Information on Certification also is available.

 

       
10-04-2016 Sarasota Doctor's Hospital v. Sarasota County   SC15-2292
SC15-2289
  This case involves a dispute about a 2003 law directing Sarasota County to reimburse private hospitals for indigent care.
   
       
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.

   
       

   
     
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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.    
     
     

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