Public Information Office
Requesting Public Records
Requests to the Florida Supreme Court for official public records should be made in writing pursuant to Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Rule 2.420 is the judicial counterpart to Florida's public records statutes, Chapter 119.
Internships in this Office
Qualified undergraduate students can apply for one of our Public Outreach Internships focusing on law, communications, public speaking, education, and criminology. Check our Internship Page for more information.
About this Office
In 1996, the Court created its first Public Information Office primarily to handle relations between the Supreme Court and the media. Its duties have evolved with changes in communications technology. The Court's public information officer currently serves as media liaison, manages the Supreme Court's webpages and social media, coordinates broadcasts of oral arguments and Court podcasts, advises Chief Justices on their public communications and press relations, and serves as communications counsel to the Court on legal issues involving the First Amendment, public records, ethics, and media law.
For two decades this office has worked with a variety of audiences to support their need for public information. It has built a reputation for being innovative, open, and responsive. Today, the office provides a wide range of services including media and public relations, emergency and crisis communications, education and public outreach, podcast and video production, web design and content management, and social media management. It also coordinates with all Florida state court public information officers through their professional association, the Florida Court Public Information Officers, Inc. (FCPIO).
The Supreme Court Public Information Office has pioneered many advancements in court communications recognized and studied around the nation. They include:
- Developing a permanent program for live streaming and satellite broadcasts of all Court oral arguments in 1997.
- Successfully managing worldwide media relations in the Florida presidential election controversy of 2000, known to history as Bush v. Gore.
- Providing oral arguments on Facebook Live in 2018, becoming the first court in the world to do so.
- Creating one of the world’s first court websites in 1994.
- Creating the nation's first state professional association of court public information officers (FCPIO) in 2005, pioneering the emerging field of court communications.
- Performing outreach to the public using social media starting in 2009.
- Pioneering the use of social media in crisis communications during disasters like Hurricane Irma in 2017 and Hurricane Michael in 2018.
- Producing a nationally-recognized civics education program for students starting in 2005.
- Developing a court communications internship program for undergraduates starting in 2008.
- Annually hosting one of the nation's premier court-based "law school for journalist" programs, the Florida Reporters' Workshop, a joint program with The Florida Bar.
In 2016, the Public Information Office welcomed the occasion to lead the state and the nation in court communications again when it began managing the judicial branch Communication Plan in coordination with FCPIO. This plan has become a model discussed and studied by court-related professional associations and judicial conferences around the nation.
Contact this office
- Craig Waters, Director
- Tricia Knox, Deputy Director
- Emilie Rietow, Education & Information Administrator
- Phone: 850-414-7641
- Email: email@example.com
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