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    General Information

    Press inquiries regarding the Supreme Court of Florida should be directed to the Press Office at publicinformation@flcourts.org. Please note that this office is prohibited from giving legal advice or explaining the law or court opinions. Court Opinions are issued by the Clerk's Office every Thursday at 11 a.m., except for expedited or emergency cases. They are immediately posted on-line on our Opinions & Rules Page
     

    Attending Arguments

    Oral arguments at the Florida Supreme Court are open to the public and the media. Press credentials are not required. Still photographers should make arrangements in advance through the Press Office. In unusual cases likely to attract overflow crowds, the Court will enter special procedure orders governing both public and media access
     

    Videotaping On-Site

    The Court and WFSU provide a direct clean feed of video and audio from oral arguments via a mult box located in the Press Room just inside the front entrance of the building. Because this feed is available, freestanding video cameras are not permitted in the courtroom except during events designated as ceremonial. Post-argument interviews should be conducted outside the front entrance of the building or at another place designated by the Press Office if the weather is inclement.
     

    Satellite Downlink

    The Florida Supreme Court through its broadcast partners, WFSU and The Florida Channel, distribute live and tape-delayed broadcasts of oral arguments via satellite. News organizations routinely downlink the broadcasts without need of sending satellite trucks to Tallahassee.

    The satellite may be preempted during legislative sessions and emergencies.Check with Rick Potrikus at WFSU Television for information (800) 322-WFSU, or (850) 487-3170. 

       

    Webcasts

    Since October 1997, the Court in cooperation with Florida State University has broadcast Live Audio and Video of Court arguments on the Internet. Arguments are available as they happen except when preempted by legislative sessions or an emergency. You also can access Archived Audio and Videos 24 hours a day. Media organizations unable to travel to arguments in Tallahassee often watch these webcasts to report on stories.
       

    The Florida Channel

    Broadcasts of oral argument are provided free-of-charge to local cable systems through a statewide cable news network called The Florida Channel. Because cable providers are private companies, the Court has no control over whether or when these systems will use the broadcasts. Check a list of local cable broadcasters who have used our broadcasts in the past, but check with them for exact broadcast schedules.