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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 by emailing the Press Office. Mobile phones are not permitted in the courtroom and will need to be checked at the main entrance security checkpoint. Laptops and tablets are permitted in the courtroom so long as they are set to silent mode. Anyone attending oral arguments with a device that makes noise will be asked to leave.
   
ADA Accommodations Policy
If you need an ADA accomodation to attend arguments due to a disability, please review our ADA Information Page so you can make your ADA accommodation request in advance.
   

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 850-645-7200. 

   

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 your local cable listings for further details.