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    Welcome to the Florida Supreme Court Public Information Pages. Below you will find the most-used feature of the Public Information collection, our high-profile cases and other high-profile matters. The navigation bar on the left gives you access to other pages in the Public Information collection. 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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    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.    
           
    04-21-2017 Aramis Donell Ayala v. Rick Scott (I)   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.    
           
    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.    
           
    04-18-2017 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.    
           
    04-17-2017 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.    
           
    04-13-2017 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.    
           
    04-13-2017 Dale Lee Norman v. State of Florida   SC15-650
      This case challenges the constitutionality of Florida's statute restricting the "open carry" of firearms.    
           
    04-13-2017 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.    
           
    03-23-2017 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.    
           
    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.    
           
    03-15-2017 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.    
           
    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
           
    03-06-2017 Dante Martin v. State of Florida   SC17-200
      This case challenges criminal convictions related to a college hazing incident.    
           
    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.    
           
    02-07-2017 John Doe v. State of Florida   SC16-1852
      This case looks at whether judges can hold Baker Act proceedings using videoteleconferencing.    
           
    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.    
           
    01-18-2017 Joanne McCall v. Rick Scott   SC16-1668
      The Florida Education Association and others have challenged the state's tax credit scholarship program.    
           
    01-10-2017 Brian Pitts v. Joe Negron   SC17-3
      Pitts has challenged the authority of legislative and executive branch officers to take certain actions related to legislation.    
           
    01-06-2017 Mark James Asay v. Julie Jones   SC16-102
      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.    
           
    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
           
    12-28-2016 Judith W. Hawkins v. The Florida Bar   SC16-1502
      Former Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins has filed a petition for reinstatement as a member of The Florida Bar following her 2015 suspension.    
           
    12-16-2016 City of Tallahassee v. Erwin D. Jackson   SC16-2131
      This case involves a challenge to the residency of a Tallahassee city commissioner.    
           
    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.

     

           
    11-30-2016 Estate of Lawson v. Shands Hospital   SC15-1827
      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.    
           
    11-09-2016 William Williams v. State of Florida   SC15-1417
      This case challenges a statute that lets the state punish people for refusing to take a breath test in a traffic stop.    
           
    11-04-2016 Advisory Opinion to the Attorney General: Rights of Electricity Consumers   SC15-2150
    SC16-12
      This case involves a proposed amendment to the state Constitutution on the rights of electricity consumers, also know as the Smart Solar initiative.    
           
    11-02-2016 Florida Solar Energy Industry Ass'n v. Ken Detzner   SC16-1995
      This petition seeks a writ of mandamus to remove from the November 8 ballot Amendment 1, a proposed constitutional amendment on solar power.    
           
    10-26-2016 The Florida Bar v. Christopher Chestnut   SC16-1589
      The Florida Bar seeks an emergency suspension of Mr. Chestnut’s Bar membership    
           
    10-18-2016 Dalia Dippolito v. State of Florida   SC16-1605
      This case seeks a writ of prohibition in a pending murder case.    
           
    10-10-2016 Carol Scott v. Mike Hogan   SC16-1337
      This case involves the question of whether the presence of a write-in candidate in a state attorney election closes the primary.    
           
    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.
       
           
    09-16-2016 David Rivera v. Commission on Ethics   SC16-1654
      Former state Rep. David Rivera is challenging ethics charges brought against him.    
           
    09-08-2016 The Florida Bar v. Maria Elena Perez   SC14-733
      The Bar has brought ethics charges against Perez for her work in an NCAA probe of University of Miami athletics.   Docket
           
    04-19-2016 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.    
           
    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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    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).