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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.

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    High-Profile Case Description   Links
    02-26-2015 The Florida Bar v. Judith W. Hawkins   SC15-308
      The Florida Bar has brought ethics charges against former Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins.   Docket
    02-19-2015 Marvin Castellanos v. Next Door Company, et. al.  



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



    02-19-2015 The Florida Bar v. Janice Jennings   SC14-1218
      The Florida Bar filed a complaint that this attorney has caused or may cause serious harm to her clients.   Docket
    02-17-2015 Judge Laura M. Watson v. JQC   SC14-749
      Judge Watson sued the JQC contending it lacks jurisdiction to discipline her for ethical misconduct in a related case, JQC Re: Watson, SC13-1333.   Docket
    02-05-2015 The Florida Bar v. Stephen C. Diaco,
    The Florida Bar v. Robert D. Adams, &
    The Florida Bar v. Adam R. Filthaut
      Three Florida Bar members have been charged with ethics violations related to a DUI arrest of opposing counsel.   Docket
    Ana Maria Cardona v. State of Florida   SC11-1446
      This case is Cardona's automatic appeal to the Florida Supreme Court for her conviction and death sentence.   Docket
    01-28-2015 League of Women Voters v. Ken Detzner   SC14-1905
      This case is about the legal validity of Florida's 2016 congressional districting maps.   Docket
    01-02-2015 Richard R. McDade v. State of Florida   SC13-1248
      This case involves the admissibility of audio recordings made by the victim into evidence at trial.   Docket
    12-22-2014 Certification of the Need for New Judges  


    The 2015 Certification of the need for new judges was issued.  Certification then will be considered by the Legislature. Historical Information on Certification also is available.



    12-22-2014 Michael A. Pizzi, Jr. v. Rick Scott, Governor  



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



    12-18-2014 League of Women Voters v. Data Targeting   SC14-987
      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.   Docket
    12-12-2014 Bainter v. League of Women Voters  


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


    12-11-2014 Morris Publishing v. Florida Dept. of Education   SC14-691
      This case asks about an award of attorneys fees in a public records case involving FCAT scores.   Docket
    12-05-2014 The Florida Bar Re: Advisory Opinion - Scharrer v. Fundamental Administrative Services   SC14-1730
      This case is about a proposed advisory opinion from the Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law.   Docket
    11-20-2014 Enock Plancher, etc. v. UCF Athletics Association, et. al   SC13-1872
      These cases involve the amount of damages a state college athletic program owes for injuries to a student athlete.   SC13-1874
    11-18-2014 In Re: Petition to Raise Bar Dues   SC14-1165
      A number of Florida lawyers have petitioned the Court to raise Bar dues to pay for legal services and court access.   Docket
    10-16-2014 The Florida Bar Re: Advisory Opinion - Activities of Community Association Managers   SC13-889

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

    10-06-2014 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.   Docket
    09-17-2014 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
    08-14-2014 Bradley Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg, etc. & City of St. Petersburg, etc. v. Bradley Westphal  



      This case involves a dispute over disability benefits for an injured firefighter.  
    07-10-2014 Alachua County, et al. v. Expedia, Inc.   SC13-838
      This case involves a dispute over taxes paid by online travel companies to counties.   Docket
    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).