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    MOST RECENT PRESS RELEASES

    2014
    Date
    Release
    11-24-2014
    Labarga Orders Creation of Civil Justice Access Commission. Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga has signed the Administrative Order creating a state civil justice access commission on November 24, 2014. Read more.
    11-21-2014
    Labarga to Create Civil Justice Access Commission. Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga will announce creation of a state civil justice access commission November 24, 2014. Read more.
    07-25-2014
    R. Fred Lewis Receives O'Connor Award. Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis received the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for his longstanding, internationally recognized work in law-related civic education. Read more.
    05-06-2014
    Judicial Campaign Ethics Forums. The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee in cooperation with the Office of the State Courts Administrators offers forums May 8 & 9 to train judicial candidates about obeying election ethics rules. Read More.
    04-07-2014 Pk Jameson Named Florida State Courts Administrator. Longtime government lawyer Pk Jameson has been named Florida's State Courts Administrator, assisting the Chief Justice in his role as administrative head of the Third Branch of Government. Read more.
    02-20-2014 Florida Supreme Court Warns About Email Scam. The Florida Supreme Court has issued a warning about a worldwide email scam in which perpetrators pretend to send notices about Florida legal proceedings. Read more.
    01-30-2014
    Jorge Labarga Elected 56th Florida Chief Justice. Jorge Labarga was unanimously elected Chief Justice for a term starting July 1, 2014. He will be Florida's first Cuban-American Chief Justice. Read more.
    01-13-2014 R. Fred Lewis Wins O'Connor Award. Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis has been awarded the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for his longstanding, internationally recognized work in law-related civic education. Read more.

    2013
    Date
    Release
    08-02-2013 Former Justice Arthur J. England, Jr., 1932 - 2013.
    Chief Justice Ricky Polston issued a statement regarding the passing of former Justice Arthur England. Read more.
    06-24-2013
    John A. Tomasino Named Supreme Court Clerk of Court. Mr. Tomasino, an attorney with technological expertise, brings strong credentials to his new position, which he will start on Nov. 1, 2013. Read more.
    07-19-2013 Court Thanks Clerk Tom Hall with Proclamation. Florida Supreme Court Clerk Thomas D. Hall still has a few months to go before his retirement but the Court has already presented him with a token of its appreciation: a proclamation signed, sealed and delivered at the annual convention of The Florida Bar Convention. Read more.

    2012
    Date
    Release
    12-30-2012
    Former Justice Ben F. Overton, 1926-2012. Justice Overton died of complications from heart surgery on December 29, 2012. Read more.
    06-28-2012
    Final Report of the Florida Innocence Commission. This Report and its Appendices are the reslt of two years of hearings on the subject of people wrongfully convicted of crimes in Florida. Read more.
    04-23-2012
    Judicial Campaign Ethics Forums. The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee in cooperation with the Office of the State Courts Administrators offers forums April 26 & 27 to train judicial candidates about obeying election ethics rules. Read More.
    04-04-2012
    Ricky Polston Elected to Become Florida's 55th Chief Justice. The Justices have elected Polston to lead the state's Third Branch of government for a two-year term starting July 1, 2012. Read more.

    2011
    Date
    Release
    06-21-2011
    Florida Innocence Commission. The Florida Innocence Commission has released an interim report. Read more.
    05-30-2011
    FHP's Silvester Dawson Named Marshal. Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Silvester Dawson has been appointed the Florida Supreme Court's new Marshal. He begins work June 1. Read more.
    05-10-2011
    12th Annual Drug Court Graduation. Chief Justice Charles T. Canady will address Florida's 12th annual statewide drug court graduation ceremony on May 13. Read more.

    2010
    Date
    Release
    07-14-2010
    Garringer Appointed Executive Director of Innocence Commission. Chief Justice Charles T. Canady announced that former Monroe County Judge Lester Garringer has been named executive director of the Florida Innocence Commission. Read more.
    07-01-2010
    Proclamation on the 20th Anniversary of the ADA. Chief Justice Charles Canady issued a proclamation declaring July 2010 a month of commemoration celebrating the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more.
    05-05-2010
    11th Annual Drug Court Graduation. Chief Justice Peggy A. Quince will address Florida's 11th annual statewide drug court graduation ceremony on May 11, marking the 21st anniversary of the creation of the nation's first treatment-based drug court here in Florida. Read more.
    05-03-2010
    Judicial Campaign Ethics Forums. The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee in cooperation with the Office of the State Courts Administrators offers forums May 6 & 7 to train judicial candidates about obeying election ethics rules. Read More.
    03-10-2010
    Charles T. Canady Elected to Become Florida's 54th Chief Justice. The Justices have unanimously elected Canady to lead the state's Third Branch of government for a two-year term starting July 1, 2010. Read more.

    2009
    Date
    Release
    08-11-2009
    Death of Former Justice Hopping. Chief Justice Peggy A. Quince issued a statement upon the Court learning of the death of former Justice Wade Hopping. Read more.
    05-06-2009
    10th Annual Drug Court Graduation. Chief Justice Peggy A. Quince will address Florida's 10th annual statewide drug court graduation ceremony, marking the 20th anniversary of the creation of the nation's first drug court here in Florida. Read more.
    03-31-2009
    30th Anniversary of Cameras in the Courts. Chief Justice Peggy A. Quince has proclaimed April 2009 as a month of commemoration honoring the 30th anniversary of Florida's broad rule allowing cameras into the courts. Read more.

    2008
    Date
    Release
    12-08-2008 Report on Pro Bono Services by Florida Lawyers. This report details developments in the past few years affecting pro bono services -- free legal advice to the poor -- given by Florida lawyers. Read more.
    11-17-2008 Justice Charles Wells Retires. Justice Charles T. Wells will retire March 3, 2009, when he reaches mandatory retirement age. Read more.
    10-29-2008 Standard Civil Jury Instructions Placed On-Line. Florida's standard civil jury instructions now have been placed on-line on the Florida Supreme Court's website. Read more.
    05-30-2008 Soto Named to Courts Advisory Council. Miami businessman Alex Soto was named to the state courts' chief advisory council by Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis. Read more.
    05-23-2008 Justice Kenneth Bell Resigns. Citing family reasons, Florida Justice Kenneth B. Bell, 52, has resigned from the Florida Supreme Court effective October 1, 2008. Read more.
    05-06-2008 Judicial Campaign Ethics Forums. The Judicial Ethics Advisory Commission in cooperation with the Office of the State Courts Administrators offers this forum to train judicial candidates about obeying election ethics rules. Read More.
    04-11-2008 Justice Raoul Cantero Resigns. Citing family reasons, Florida Justice Raoul G. Cantero, III, age 47, has resigned from the Florida Supreme Court effective September 6, 2008. Read More.
    03-14-2008
    Peggy A. Quince Elected to Become Florida's 53rd Chief Justice. The Justices have unanimously elected Quince to serve as the first African American woman to lead the state's Third Branch of government. Read more.
       
    2007
    Date
    Release
    11-12-2007

    Florida Mental Health Summit. Governor Charlie Crist and other state leaders met with Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis for a statewide mental health summit at the Supreme Court Building on November 14 at 1:00 p.m., at which time a comprehensive Report was released on how the justice system can best deal with the mentally ill. Read more.

    04-26-2007 Mental Health Summit. Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis will attend a national summit on the growing problem of jailing the mentally ill and will hold a statewide summit on the issue this fall. Read more.
    04-04-2007 Mental Health & Law Initiative. The Chief Justice announced a new initiative in cooperation with the other branches of government to address the growing problem of the mentally ill and their interaction with the legal system. Read more.
       
    2006
    Date
    Release
    06-18-2006
    Judicial Campaign Conduct Forum. The Judicial Ethics Advisory Commission in cooperation with the Office of the State Courts Administrators offers this forum to train judicial candidates about obeying election ethics rules. Read more.
    03-15-2006
    R. Fred Lewis Elected to Become Florida's 52nd Chief Justice. The On March 15, 2006, the Justices unanimously elected R. Fred Lewis to become Florida's Chief Justice starting July 1. Read more.
    02-17-2006
    Video Developed to Help Inform Juveniles & Their Families. The Steering Committee on Families & Children in the Court has developed a video that can be shown the juvenile offenders and their families explaining the legal process they are facing. Read more.
       
    2005
    Date
    Release
    12-02-2005
    Court Posts Criminal Jury Instructions On-Line. The Florida Supreme Court's website now includes up-to-date criminal jury instructions. Read more.
    10-26-2005
    State Courts' Hurricane Preparation Pays Off. Four years of emergency preparedness planning paid off during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons as state courts continued their essential functions even in devastated communities. Read more.
    05-05-2005
    State Courts Work to Improve Experience of Jurors. Chief Justice Barbara J. Pariente worked with Leon County and City of Tallahassee officials to make it easier for people to serve as jurors, a project that could be duplicated elsewhere. Read more.
    05-03-2005
    Long-Time Supreme Court Marshal Retires. Wilson Barnes, the Court's marshal for 15 years, was well known for his booming rendition of the traditional "Oyez!" in Court. Read more.
    05-02-2005
    Law Month Programs Announced. This year's law month activities honor the role of the jury in American law, and were recognized in Florida by a Proclamation by Chief Justice Barbara J. Pariente. Read more.