Press Information

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 online 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. 

Read detailed information about what to expect when attending oral arguments in person

ADA Accommodations Policy

If you need an ADA accommodation 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/The Florida Channel 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 on the steps of the building or at another place designated by the Press Office if the weather is inclement. Contact the Press Office for more details or if you have questions.

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 WFSU Television for information 850-645-7200.

Gavel to Gavel Webcasts

Since October 1997, the Court in cooperation with Florida State University has broadcast live audio and video of Court arguments on the web via a Gavel to Gavel website. Arguments are available as they happen. You also can access Archived Audio and Video 24 hours a day. Media organizations unable to travel to arguments in Tallahassee often watch these webcasts to report on stories.

Facebook Live

Since January 2018, the Court in cooperation with WFSU/The Florida Channel has broadcast all of its of Court arguments on its Facebook Live feed. This feed often offers the best audio and video quality of any of our web-based livestreams. 

The Florida Channel

The Florida Channel, a subsidiary of WFSU, also offers livestreams of various state government meetings including Florida Supreme Court arguments on its website available to the public without charge. The Florida Channel also offers its live and tape-delayed broadcasts to cable television stations throughout Florida. Check your local cable listings for further details.