The Florida Supreme Court issued two opinions from May 8-14. As of May 14, the court issued 36 opinions in 2023 — 11 fewer than this point a year ago. The two opinions are below:
- The Florida Bar v. Stephen Matthew Bander, where the court approved “the referee’s report in its entirety and [disbarred] Bander from the practice of law.”
- In Re: Amendments to Florida Rules of General Practice and Judicial Administration 2.420 and 2.533, where the court amended Florida Rule of General Practice and Judicial Administration 2.420 (Public Access to and Protection of Judicial Branch Records) and adopted Rule 2.533 (Oaths and Affirmations in Court).
From May 8-14, state supreme courts issued 110 opinions nationally. The North Dakota Supreme Court issued the most with 12. State supreme courts in 20 states issued the fewest with zero. Courts where judges are elected have issued 68 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 42.
The Florida Supreme Court is the state’s court of last resort and has seven judgeships. The current chief of the court is Carlos Muñiz. The court issued 108 opinions in 2022 and 115 in 2021. Nationally, state supreme courts issued 7,423 opinions in 2022 and 8,320 in 2021. The courts have issued 2,474 opinions in 2023. Courts where judges are elected have issued 1,390 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 1,084. Florida is a Republican trifecta, meaning Republicans control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.