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January 2018 Chair’s Mes...

      True confession: I am a believer in New Year’s resolutions. I readily admit that not all of my resolutions stick. But the beginning of each new year provides a needed reminder to take stock of your accomplishments and blessings, reflect on any...

Constitution Revision Commissi...

April 9, 2018 by Courtney Brewer And then there were twelve . . . or is it twenty-four? After a series of public hearings and meetings over the course of the last month, the CRC has whittled the proposals down to twelve potential amendments.  But since there is no...

Appellate Practice Section Mem...

“It’s going like gangbusters.”

Justice Canady Chosen As Next ...

The Florida Supreme Court announced recently that Justice Charles T. Canady of Lakeland, Florida, will serve as the Court’s next Chief Justice.  In March, the seven-member Court elected Justice Canady to serve a two-year term as Chief Justice, beginning July 1, 2018. ...

Fourth Circuit Judge Harvey L....

By: Wendy S. Loquasto Just over two years ago, on February 5, 2016, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of the Honorable Harvey L. Jay, III, to the First District Court of Appeal.  He joined Judge Bilbrey as the only other First DCA judge promoted from the...

Constitution Revision Commissi...

February 16, 2018 The CRC wrapped up committee meetings in early February and is now traveling the state holding public hearings.  To find out if there is a public hearing coming to a venue near you (they are being held throughout February, March, April, and May), you...

Constitution Revision Commissi...

February 2, 2018 After a couple of full weeks of committee meetings, the Legislative Committee has some updates to report on the CRC, one of which is of particular note. Proposal 81, which sought to make all meetings of the judicial branch open to the public and...

The Path to Inclusion Symposiu...

The Appellate Practice Section sponsored The Path to Inclusion Symposium November 9-10 in Orlando. Hosted by the standing committee on Diversity and Inclusion, the Symposium was intended to foster improved relations and enhance diversity throughout the legal field....

Churchill v. State

“[I]n appeals from a conditional no contest plea, the appellate court is bound by a stipulation that a pre-plea ruling by the trial court is dispositive of the case.” By: Rocco J. Carbone, III* In many criminal matters, whether evidence is admissible can decide the...