Florida Supreme Court Decisions 2024

David Kelsey Sparre v. State of Florida
Date: June 13, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-0163
Daven O. Bowden v. State of Florida
Date: June 13, 2024
Docket Number: SC2024-0138
In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure
Date: June 6, 2024
Docket Number: SC2022-1719
Worrell v. DeSantis  
Date: June 6, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-1246

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around Monique H. Worrell, who was suspended from her position as State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit by Governor Ron DeSantis through Executive Order 23-160. The order alleged that during…

Walter v. Department of Corrections Secretary  
Date: May 30, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-1640

Justia Opinion Summary: Reginald Scott Walter, an inmate serving a thirty-year sentence for attempted first-degree murder and armed burglary, filed a pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus with the Supreme Court of Florida. This was not his…

In Re: Amendments to Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure  
Date: May 30, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-1707

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of Florida was asked to consider amendments to the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure. The amendments were in response to recent legislation and involved changes to several forms, including Forms 8.959…

State of Florida v. Creller  
Date: May 23, 2024
Docket Number: SC2022-0524

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Joshua Lyle Creller, who was charged with resisting an officer without violence and possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, following a 2018 traffic stop. Creller refused to comply with a…

In Re: Amendments to Florida Rules of Civil Procedure
Date: May 23, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-0962
Christine Askew, etc. v. Florida Department of Children and Families
Date: May 16, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-1072
Tyree Ford v. Carmine Marceno, Sheriff
Date: May 16, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-1729
Ripple v. CBS Corporation  
Date: May 9, 2024
Docket Number: SC2022-0597

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around Jennifer Ripple, who married Richard Counter after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a disease allegedly caused by asbestos exposure from the 1950s to the 1990s. Counter filed a personal injury…

In Re: Amendments to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.116
Date: May 9, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-0803
State of Florida v. Penna  
Date: May 2, 2024
Docket Number: SC2022-0458

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, Zachary Penna committed a series of violent crimes in Florida, including two murders. After his arrest, Penna was read his Miranda rights and initially invoked his right to counsel. However, during his…

In Re: Amendments to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.130
Date: May 2, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-0438
Allstate Insurance Company v. Revival Chiropractic, LLC  
Date: April 25, 2024
Docket Number: SC2022-0735

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a dispute over the amount of reimbursements for medical expenses that an insurer, Allstate Insurance Company, was required to pay under a personal injury protection (PIP) policy. The dispute…

In Re: Amendments to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.131
Date: April 25, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-1294
In Re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar - Chapter 6
Date: April 18, 2024
Docket Number: SC2024-0031
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida v. State of Florida  
Date: April 1, 2024
Docket Numbers: SC2022-1050, SC2022-1127

Justia Opinion Summary: This case before the Supreme Court of Florida concerned a constitutional challenge to an amended Florida statute that prohibits abortions if the gestational age of the fetus is more than 15 weeks, with certain…

Advisory Opinion to the Attorney General Re: Adult Personal Use of Marijuana  
Date: April 1, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-0682

Justia Opinion Summary: The Florida Supreme Court was asked to review a proposed amendment to the state constitution legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. The court evaluated the amendment for adherence to the constitution’s…

Advisory Opinion to the Attorney General re: Limiting Government Interference with Abortion  
Date: April 1, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-1392

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Attorney General of Florida petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida for an advisory opinion regarding the validity of a proposed citizen initiative amendment to the Florida Constitution, titled…

West Flagler Associates, Ltd. v. DeSantis  
Date: March 21, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-1333

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, two companies and an individual, all involved in Florida's gaming industry, petitioned against the Governor of Florida and others, challenging a gaming compact between the State and the Seminole Tribe. The…

The Florida Bar re: Norwood Sherman Wilner
Date: March 14, 2024
Docket Number: SC2022-1055
Faircloth v. Main Street Entertainment, Inc., etc.  
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: SC2022-0910

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of Florida was tasked with reviewing a case involving the interpretation of the state's comparative fault statute and its application to tort actions involving the "dram-shop exception." The case…

Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office v. C.C.  
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Numbers: SC2023-0604, SC2023-0605

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Supreme Court of Florida reviewed a decision from the Fifth District Court of Appeal related to the termination of a father's parental rights. The father, identified as C.C., had been convicted 18 times…

Miller v. State of Florida  
Date: February 29, 2024
Docket Number: SC2022-0745

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2024, the Supreme Court of Florida affirmed the convictions and death sentences of Everett Glenn Miller for the first-degree premeditated murders of Kissimmee Police Officers Matthew Baxter and Richard “Sam” Howard.…

Steele v. Commissioner of Social Security  
Date: February 15, 2024
Docket Number: SC2022-1342

Justia Opinion Summary: This case focuses on a Florida statute that concerns the inheritance rights of a child conceived from the eggs or sperm of a deceased person. Kathleen Steele, the appellant, had a child named P.S.S conceived through in…

In Re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 11-1.8
Date: February 15, 2024
Docket Number: SC2024-0053
Trappman v. State  
Date: February 8, 2024
Docket Number: SC2021-1479

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of Florida held that multiple punishments can be imposed for distinct acts springing from successive impulses to violate a single criminal prohibition in the course of a single criminal episode. In this…

American Coastal Insurance Company v. San Marco Villas Condominium Association, Inc.  
Date: February 1, 2024
Docket Number: SC2021-0883

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves American Coastal Insurance Company ("American Coastal") and San Marco Villas Condominium Association, Inc. ("San Marco"). American Coastal issued San Marco a policy covering the condominium complex…

Davis v. State  
Date: February 1, 2024
Docket Numbers: SC2021-1778, SC2022-0882

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case at hand, a Florida prisoner, Leon Davis Jr., under sentences of death, appealed the denial of his initial motion for postconviction relief and also petitioned the Court for a writ of habeas corpus. The crimes…

Davis v. State  
Date: February 1, 2024
Docket Numbers: SC2021-1779, SC2022-0883

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case under consideration, the appellant, Leon Davis Jr., a man sentenced to death, appealed the circuit court's denial of his initial motion for postconviction relief and also petitioned for a writ of habeas…

In Re: Amendments to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.670
Date: January 25, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-1093
The Florida Bar v. Jonathan Stephen Schwartz & The Florida Bar v. Jonathan Stephen Schwartz
Date: January 18, 2024
Docket Numbers: SC2019-0983, SC2021-0484
Everett v. State  
Date: January 11, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-0721

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2024, the Supreme Court of Florida heard an appeal from Paul Glen Everett, a prisoner sentenced to death for first-degree murder, burglary, and sexual battery. Everett sought to have DNA testing conducted on 15 items…

Todd E. Watson v. Shevaun Harris, etc.
Date: January 11, 2024
Docket Number: SC2023-0980
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