Justice Alan C. Lawson was sworn in as the 86th Justice


Justice Alan C. Lawson was sworn in as the 86th Justice of the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.


The investiture ceremony in the Florida Supreme Court Building began with a Judicial Procession of 50 plus robed judges from throughout Florida. This was a first for a court that was famously known for not wearing any kind of robes for more than a century, from initial statehood in 1845 until the courtroom was first air conditioned in 1949.


Florida Governor Rick Scott and Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera were among the dignitaries at the ceremony, with Florida Senate President Joe Negron and Florida State President John Thrasher present, as well. The governor formally handed Lawson’s credentials to Chief Justice Jorge Labarga during the investiture, calling Lawson a “truly great man” who is “focused on defending the Constitution and strictly adhering to the rule of law.”


A 55 year old Lakeland native, Justice Lawson graduated summa cum laude from both Tallahassee Community College in 1981 and Clemson University... 


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History of the Florida Supreme Court - Volume III is Now Available


The Supreme Court of Florida - A Journey Toward Justice, 1972 -1986 describing the court during its most tumultuous years.Cover of Volume III Amid the upheaval of the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and Watergate, the story begins with reform in the entire Florida court system. It includes the court’s first black justice, Joseph Hatchett; Governor Reubin Askew’s new system for merit selection of justices; and revision of Article V, the section of the state constitution dealing with the judiciary.


Neil Skene moves on to cover landmark court decisions; the introduction of cameras in court; changes to media law, personal injury law, and family ...


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Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center Provided the Keynote at 'A Supreme Evening' the Society's 2017 Annual Dinner

View the Supreme Evening event by visiting the:


2017 Supreme Evening Photo Gallery   

The Celebration of Justice Perry's Career & Retirement was a Well Attended Success.

Justice Perry’s Retirement Dinner held on April 13 in Orlando, was a resounding success. Justice Perry and his family were very pleased with, and thanked the Society for hosting the event.  Twenty-two other voluntary Bar Associations Justice & Dr. Perryjoined the Society in showing their support for Justice Perry. The long list of Bar Associations on the attached program demonstrates the broad scope of Justice Perry’s positive impact and exemplifies the tremendous diversity that exists in the Central Florida legal . . .


More on Justice Perry's Celebration


The 2017 Issues of the FSCHS Magazine is Now Available Online

Current and past issues of our outstanding publications are now available online thanks to the Historical Society's continued dedication to educating the public about the Florida Supreme Court's role and and preserving its history.

Justices' Portraits Debuted

The Supreme Court portrait gallery is housed in the Courtroom, adjoining hallway and the Lawyers' Lounge. At the Annual Dinner, the FSCHS commissioned portraits of Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, Justice Charles T. Canady, Justice Ricky Polston, and Justice James E.C. Perry were revealed. 

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