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2018 Press Releases

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12-27-2018

New Florida Supreme Court Website. Florida Supreme Court launches first smartphone-friendly website today. Read more.PDF Download

11-01-2018

New Officers Selected for Board of Bar Examiners. A new chair and vice-chair have been selected for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners from the Miami and Jacksonville areas. Read morePDF Download.

06-30-2018

Canady Becomes Chief Justice. In a quiet transition, Charles T. Canady moves back into the role of Florida's Chief Justice that he last held in 2010 to 2012. Read morePDF Download.

04-30-2018

Judicial Candidate Training Forums set for May. Florida's regular judicial campaign conduct forums to help train judge candidates in their ethics requirements are set for 10 cities around Florida in May. Read more.PDF Download

02-09-2018

Applications accepted for Bar Examiners. Applications are being accepted for positions on the Board that screens applicants who want to become members of the Bar. Read morePDF Download.

01-23-2018

Supreme Court to Start Facebook Live Broadcasts.
On Thursday, January 25, 2018, the Florida Supreme Court will become one of the first courts in the world to broadcast all of its proceedings in real time on Facebook Live. Read morePDF Download.

2017 Press Releases

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12-28-2017

Supreme Court Launches Podcast Program."Beyond the Bench" is a new podcast series that covers the work carried out by some of the departments at the Supreme Court including the Clerk's office, Library and Public Information Office. Read more.PDF Download

11-08-2017

New Officers Selected for Board of Bar Examiners. A new chair and vice-chair have been selected for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners from the Panama City and Miami areas. Read more.PDF Download

10-11-2017

Chief Justice Labarga to Speak at Harvard Hurricane Conference. Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga will speak Monday, October 16, 2017, at a Harvard conference on challenges this year's hurricanes posed to the legal system. Read morePDF Download.

9-6-2017

Courts Closed Statewide for Irma. Florida's Chief Justice Jorge Labarga has ordered the Florida state courts closed statewide Friday for Hurricane Irma. Read. morePDF Download.

9-5-2017

Supreme Court Names Dade City man to Bar Examiners. The Florida Supreme Court has named a Dade City man to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Read morePDF Download.

8-11-2017

Supreme Court Names Three to Bar Examiners. The Florida Supreme Court has named three people from the Panama City and Tampa-St. Petersburg areas to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Read morePDF Download.

8-4-2017

Supreme Court Warns of Court-Related Scams. The Florida Supreme Court is warning people not to fall for scams that try to trick people by falsely saying they must come before a state judge or pay money to a state court. Read morePDF Download.

7-7-2017

Supreme Court Marshal's Office Wins Law Enforcement Accreditation. The Florida Supreme Court Marshal's Office has become the first and only Florida agency housed entirely inside a court to become an accredited law enforcement agency. Read more.PDF Download

6-24-2017

Justice Parker Lee McDonald, 1924-2017. Former Florida Chief Justice Parker Lee McDonald will be remembered for his steadfast hand after passing today at his home in Tallahassee. Read morePDF Download.

5-23-2017

Florida State Courts Lead the Nation in Social Media Use. Read a press release about the first-year implementation of Florida's court communications plan and the court's systematic use of social media to inform the public. Read morePDF Download.

3-30-2017

Lawson Formally Joins the Court. Florida's 86th Justice, Alan Lawson, will formally join the state's highest court amid unprecedented pageantry on April 5, 2017. Read morePDF Download.

2-6-2017

Chief Justice Labarga Names Members of Constitution Revision Commission. Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga has appointed Arthenia Joyner, Roberto Martinez, and Hank Coxe to the 2017 Constitution Revision Commission. Read morePDF Download.

1-4-2017

Statement on Premature Order in Perry v. State. The Public Information Office released a press statement on the premature release of an order in Perry v. State. Read morePDF Download.

2016 Press Releases

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10-24-2016

Chief Justice Creates Guardianship Workgroup. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga has created a workgroup to study the way guardianship works in the state courts system. Read morePDF Download.

10-11-2016

Access to Civil Justice Commission Becomes Permanent. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga has issued an administrative order making the Florida Access to Civil Justice Commission permanent. Read morePDF Download.

09-26-2016

Chief Justice to Accept Resumes for CRC. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga will accept resumes for consideration for his three appointments to the 2017 Constitution Revision Commission. Read morePDF Download.

09-12-2016

Justice Perry Announces his Retirement. James E.C. Perry, Florida's 85th Supreme Court Justice since statehood was granted in 1845, has announced his retirement in a letter to the Governor effective December 30, 2016. Read more.PDF Download

09-06-2016

Court Launches Its Own Facebook Page. The Florida Supreme Court has added to its social media presence by creating a new page on Facebook. Read more.PDF Download

08-22-2016

Chief Justice Announces Workgroup on Courthouse Security. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga is creating a new workgroup to study local courthouse security. Read morePDF Download.

08-18-2016

Ninth Circuit Debuts Podcast Program. The Ninth Judicial Circuit has started a podcast program, and its first podcast features Chief Justice Jorge Labarga. Read morePDF Download.

08-14-2016

Memorial Service Planned for Former Clerk of Court Sid J. White. Sid J. White died August 13, 2016, at his home in Monticello, Florida, and will be honored at a courtroom memorial service to be held later this summer. Read morePDF Download.

08-09-2016

Labarga Presents Award for Excellence to Miami-Dade Judge. Miami-Dade Judge Stanford Blake received the award from Chief Justice Labarga during the annual education program for Florida’s 599 county judges. Read more.PDF Download

07-13-2016

Labarga Presents Award for Excellence to Broward Judge. Broward Judge Robert Lee received the award from Chief Justice Labarga during the annual education program for Florida’s 322 county judges. Read more.PDF Download

07-01-2016

Access Commission Issues Final Report. The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice has issued its Final Report recommending that it be made into a long-term Commission so it can continue its work. Read more.PDF Download

06-06-2016

Justice Lewis Inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame. Justice R. Fred Lewis has been inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame. Read more.PDF Download

06-01-2016

Federal GAO Studies Florida Supreme Court Argument Broadcasts for Congressional Report. The federal Government Accountability Office released a report to Congress on May 31, 2016, about broadcasting appeals court arguments. It includes a detailed report on Florida Supreme Court broadcasts with an eye toward starting something similar at the U.S. Supreme Court. Read MorePDF Download.

05-18-2016

Supreme Court Commission on Access to Meet Friday. The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice created by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga will meet Friday, May 20, starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Marriott Hotel. Read morePDF Download.

05-09-2016

Judicial Campaign Conduct Forums Scheduled May 12 and 13, 2016. All candidates for judgeships must comply with the requirements of Canon 7 of Florida’s Code of Judicial Conduct. There will be several 90-minute forums held throughout the state to assist with these requirements. Read MorePDF Download.

04-18-2016

Labarga Participates in White House Forum on Access to Justice. Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga will participate in a meeting on increasing access to justice April 19. Read MorePDF Download.

02-12-2016

Magna Carta Exhibit Opens at Florida Supreme Court. A traveling display honoring the 800-year history of the Magna Carta will be open to the public at the Supreme Court Building from February 15 to 26. Read morePDF Download.

02-11-2016

Access to Civil Justice Commission Meets Friday. The Florida Access to Civil Justice Commission meets Friday in Tallahassee at the Hotel Duval. Read morePDF Download.

02-05-2016

Labarga Chosen for a Second Term as Chief Justice. Jorge Labarga has been elected as the chief justice and administrative head of the Florida Judicial Branch for a new two-year term starting July 1, making him the first Florida chief justice to succeed himself in office since 1865. Read morePDF Download.

01-25-2016

Florida Supreme Court Gives Input to Commission on Access to Justice. The Justices have sent a letter to Commission members advising them how to proceeding on several proposals including Web-based projects. Read morePDF Download.

01-15-2016

Florida Court Public Information Officers Elect New Board. The Florida Court Public Information Officers, Inc., announce that they have elected their 2016-18 board of directors, which will oversee implementation of a new statewide court communications plan. Read more.PDF Download

2015 Press Releases

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12-29-2015

Florida Supreme Court Announces Long-Range Strategic Plan. The Court announced a statewide long-range strategic plan to guide planning for the state courts system through 2021. Read more.PDF Download

12-28-2015

Florida Supreme Court Announces Statewide Communications Plan. The Court announced a statewide communications plan for the State Courts System that will be implemented starting in 2016. Read morePDF Download.

12-17-2015

Memorial Events for the Late Justice Leander Shaw. The Florida Supreme Court has scheduled memorial events for Justice Shaw on December 21 and March 2. Read morePDF Download.

12-14-2015

In Memoriam: Leander J. Shaw, Jr. The Florida Supreme Court mourns the passing of former Chief Justice Leander J. Shaw, Jr., who died in Tallahassee. Read morePDF Download.

11-25-2015

Chief Justice Honors First Anniversary of Access Commission. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga issues a statement honoring the first anniversary of the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice. Read morePDF Download.

11-20-2015

Miami Judge Steve Leifman Receives Rehnquist Award. Judge Steve Leifman of Miami-Dade County receives one of the nation's highest judicial honors for his groundbreaking work helping people with mental illnesses. Read morePDF Download.

11-17-2015

Miami Judge Steve Leifman to Take Part in Washington Briefing on Mental Health. Since 1955 psychiatric hospital beds in the U.S. have dropped by 90 percent while the number people with mental illness in jails and prisons has risen 400 percent. Miami Judge Steven Leifman will take part in a Washington, D.C., briefing on this subject. Read morePDF Download.

10-12-2015

Interim Report on Access to Civil Justice Released. The interim report of the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice has been released. Read morePDF Download.

09-17-2015

Doctors Say Chief Justice Jorge Labarga Will Have a Speedy Recovery. Chief Justice Labarga underwent successful kidney cancer surgery Monday at Shands Hospital and is expected to recover quickly and fully. Read morePDF Download.

09-16-2015

Supreme Court Commission on Access to Meet Friday. The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice created by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga will meet Friday, September 18, starting at 1:15 p.m. at the Tampa Airport Marriott. Read morePDF Download.

09-04-2015

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga to Undergo Surgery. Chief Justice Labarga will undergo surgery this month to remove a kidney. Read morePDF Download.

08-27-2015

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga expresses condolences at the death of Second District clerk. Chief Justice Labarga has issued a statement of condolences upon the death of Second District Court of Appeal Clerk Jim Birkhold in an auto accident. Read morePDF Download.

08-12-2015

Miami Judge Steve Leifman Wins Rehnquist Award. One of the nation's highest awards for judges has gone to Judge Steve Leifman of Miami-Dade County for "his groundbreaking work helping people with mental illnesses." Read morePDF Download.

08-04-2015

Sarasota-area Judge Lee Haworth Honored for Work Helping Homeowners & Children. Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga has given his judicial excellence award to Sarasota-area Judge Lee Haworth for years of work with homeowners caught in foreclosures and with children involved in the legal system. Read morePDF Download.

07-16-2015

Miami Judge Steve Leifman Honored for Work on Mental Health. Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga has given his judicial excellence award to Miami-Dade Judge Steve Leifman for years of work on mental health issues in the courts. Read morePDF Download.

05-11-2015

Second Access to Justice Meeting May 15. The second meeting of the Access to Civil Justice Commission will be May 15 in at the Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel. Read morePDF Download.

04-10-2015

Proclamation on 25th Anniversary of ADA. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga signed a Proclamation designating July 2015 as a month to commemorate the passage of the historic disability rights law. Read more.PDF Download

01-09-2015

First Access to Justice Meeting Jan. 16. The first meeting of the Access to Civil Justice Commission will be Jan. 16 in Tallahassee's Knott Building. Read morePDF Download.

01-02-2015

State Courts Planning Meetings Announced. The Office of the State Courts Administrator will hold meetings around the state from now through March to receive input on the future of the Florida State Courts system. Read more.PDF Download

2014 Press Releases

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 11-24-2014

Labarga Orders Creation of Civil Justice Access Commission. Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga has signed the Administrative OrderPDF Download creating a state civil justice access commission on November 24, 2014. Read more.PDF Download

 11-21-2014

Labarga to Create Civil Justice Access Commission. Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga will announce the creation of a state civil justice access commission November 24, 2014. Read more.PDF Download

 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.PDF Download

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 MorePDF Download.

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 morePDF Download.

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.PDF Download

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.PDF Download

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.PDF Download

2013 Press Releases

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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 morePDF Download.

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.PDF Download

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.PDF Download

2012 Press Releases

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12-30-2012

Former Justice Ben F. Overton, 1926-2012. Justice Overton died of complications from heart surgery on December 29, 2012. Read more.PDF Download

06-28-2012

Final Report of the Florida Innocence Commission. This Report and its Appendices are the result of two years of hearings on the subject of people wrongfully convicted of crimes in Florida. Read morePDF Download.

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 MorePDF Download.

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.PDF Download

2011 Press Releases

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06-21-2011

Florida Innocence Commission. The Florida Innocence Commission has released an interim report. Read more.PDF Download

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 morePDF Download.

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 morePDF Download.

2010 Press Releases

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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 morePDF Download.

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 morePDF Download.

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 morePDF Download.

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 MorePDF Download.

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.PDF Download

2009 Press Releases

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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 morePDF Download.

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 morePDF Download.

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.PDF Download

2008 Press Releases

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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.PDF Download

11-17-2008

Justice Charles Wells Retires. Justice Charles T. Wells will retire March 3, 2009, when he reaches mandatory retirement age. Read more.PDF Download

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.PDF Download

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.PDF Download

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. PDF Download

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 MorePDF Download.

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.PDF Download

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.PDF Download

2007 Press Releases

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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 ReportPDF Download was released on how the justice system can best deal with the mentally ill. Read morePDF Download.

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 morePDF Download.

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 morePDF Download.

2006 Press Releases

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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.PDF Download

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.PDF Download

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.PDF Download

2005 Press Releases

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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 morePDF Download.

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 morePDF Download.

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 morePDF Download.

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 morePDF Download.

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 morePDF Download.