Official Reports & Studies

Reports on Privacy, Access & Court Records

Finalized 2019

JMC Work Group on County Court Jurisdiction Report

The ReportPDF Download was accepted by the Florida Supreme Court in December 2019.

Finalized 2016

NCSC Florida Judicial Workload Assessment Final Report

The National Center for State Courts completed this 2016 Judicial Workload Assessment ReportPDF Download.

Finalized 2011

Task Force on Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Cases

See the Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation pages devoted to this subject.

Judicial Branch Governance Study Group

The National Center for State Courts completed this Governance Study Final ReportPDF Download.

Finalized 2010

View the 2010 Judicial Branch Governance Study ReportPDF Download from the National Center for State Courts.

Finalized 2009

Report on Florida Board of Bar Examiners Testing

Finalized 2008

2008 Report on Complex Litigation

2008 Report on Access to Court Records

Finalized 2006

Report of the Work Group on Standards for Jury Panel Sizes

The Final Report of this Work GroupPDF Download was submitted on March 10, 2006. Further information on Juries in Florida also is available.

2006 Report on District Court of Appeal Workload & Jurisdiction

On November 15, 2006, the Chief Justice received the ReportPDF Download of the Committee on District Court of Appeal Workload & Jurisdiction.

Finalized in 2005

2005 Report on District Court of Appeal Workload & Jurisdiction

On November 1, 2005, the Chief Justice received the ReportPDF Download of the Committee on District Court of Appeal Workload & Jurisdiction.

Report of the Committee on Privacy & Court Records

Finalized in 2003

Report on Guardianship Monitoring

In May 2003, the Supreme Court Commission on Fairness issued its report titled Guardianship Monitoring in Florida: Fulfilling the Court's Duty to Protect WardsPDF Download.

Jury Innovations Project Report

Read the Final ReportPDF Download of the Florida Supreme Court Jury Innovations Committee issued in May 2001 and a Press ReleasePDF Download about its activities. The 2003 Administrative Order adopting portions of the Report is also available. 

Report on Public Records

Finalized in 2002

Report on the Use of Senior Judges

The ReportPDF Download of the Committee on the Appointment and Assignment of Senior Judges and its Transmittal LetterPDF Download were submitted to the Court in late February 2002.

Report of the "Wells Commission" on Court Crisis Management

The ReportPDF Download of the commission was issued on March 28, 2002.

Finalized in 2001

Report of the Family Court Steering Committee

On May 3, 2001, the Court issued its OpinionPDF Download based on the June 2000 report about a Model Family Court for FloridaPDF Download.Final Report of the Supreme Court Workload Study Commission

This Final ReportPDF Download completed the Study Commission's work from 2000 and concluded that Florida should not adopt the Texas model of having two separate Supreme Courts, one to address civil issues and one to address criminal issues.

Report on Privacy & Records

Finalized in 2000

Report of the Supreme Court Workload Study Commission

ReportPDF Download of the Florida Supreme Court Workload Study Commission was released on November 9, 2000. Read the AgendaPDF Download for the first meeting of the Supreme Workload Study Commission on September 25, 2000, the Official NoticePDF Download of the meeting, and the Membership ListPDF Download.

Ten-Year Retrospective on Racial & Ethnic Bias

In December 2000,  the Ten Year Retrospective on Racial & Ethnic BiasPDF Download was released. This report surveyed work in eliminating racial and ethnic bias in the legal system that began with the release of the First ReportPDF Download of the Florida Supreme Court Racial and Ethnic Bias Study Commission in 1990, followed by the Commission’s second and final report in 1991.

Report on Per Curiam Affirmed Decisions

This ReportPDF Download on the use of per curiam affirmed decisions was issued by the Florida Judicial Management Council in May 2000.  A Court OpinionPDF Download was issued in this matter on August 29, 2002.

Finalized in 1999

Report on Florida's Baker Act

The Florida Supreme Court Fairness Commission in December 1999 issued its Full ReportPDF DownloadExecutive SummaryPDF Download, and Press ReleasePDF Download. after completing a study of the Florida Baker Act, which authorizes persons to be detained temporarily if they pose a risk of harm to themselves or others.

Report on Jury Service Accessibility

Read the June 1999 report on Jury Service Accessibility for Older Persons & Persons with Disabilities in FloridaPDF Download, a collaborative project of the Southeast Florida Center on Aging of Florida International University and the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Fairness.

Finalized in 1997

Report on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners

This 1997 PublicationPDF Download is the final report of the Supreme Court Select Committee to Study the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

Finalized in 1996

Report of the Gender Bias Study Implementation Commission

This 1996 ReportPDF Download details work to eliminate gender bias from the legal system since the 1990 Report of the Florida Supreme Court Gender Bias Study Commission.

Finalized in 1991

Report of the Racial & Ethnic Bias Study Commission

This Executive SummaryPDF Download describes formal reports made in 1990 and 1991 on racial and ethnic bias in Florida's legal system.

Finalized in 1990

Report of the Gender Bias Study Commission

This 1990 Executive SummaryPDF Download describes a study that explored the extent of gender bias in Florida's legal system and to suggest steps to eliminate bias.Finalized in 1989

Finalized 1989

Report on Mediation & Arbitration Rules

This 1989 ReportPDF Download dealt with proposals affecting the rules governing mediation and arbitration.

Finalized 1984

Article V Revisions Report

This ReportPDF Download examined proposed changes to the judicial article of the state Constitution.

Finalized 1979

Report on the Judiciary

This ReportPDF Download details problems that had arisen in the Supreme Court's jurisdiction and caseload by the late 1970s, which led to Constitutional reforms in 1980. Report of the Commission on Appellate Court Structure. This 1979 ReportPDF Download makes recommendations regarding reforms to the structure of Florida appellate courts.