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Beyond the Bench is a podcast series produced by the Florida Supreme Court.  These podcasts will give you a better understanding of how Florida's courts work and how they work for you. Shows cover a broad range of topics and are meant to be informational, educational and entertaining.

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Jan 14, 2020

Justice Kenneth BellJustice Kenneth Bell was the 81st Justice (2003-2008) of the Florida Supreme Court. At the time of his appointment, he was the first justice from Pensacola in a century and the first from west of Tallahassee since 1917. Justice Bell is a seventh-generation Pensacolian whose paternal ancestors immigrated to the Pensacola...


Nov 15, 2019

Swearing in of Justice Rosemary BarkettIn this Beyond the Bench episode, Justice Barkett describes her 1985 appointment to the Florida Supreme Court by then-Governor Bob Graham, the justices she met during her first visit to 500 S. Duval Street, and the remodeling issue her appointment created. She also discusses her life today as a judge on...


Mar 1, 2019

Justice Kogan taking the oathRetired Justice Gerald Kogan stopped by the Florida Supreme Court long enough to sit down with Craig Waters, Director of Public Information, and reminisce about life before, during and after his time on the Court. 

Justice Kogan was the 73rd Justice (1987-1998) and is best known for his work as Chief Justice from 1996...


Jan 11, 2019

Justice Barbara ParienteOn Justice Barbara Pariente's last day at the Florida Supreme Court (January 7, 2019), she sat down to reminisce about her 21 years (1997-2019) on the state's highest court. She became a national symbol in 2003 when she continued work as a Justice through breast cancer treatment, even hearing cases on live television...


Jun 27, 2018

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga passes the gavel to Chief Justice-elect Charles Canady. June 20, 2018.What does it take to run Florida's judicial branch? Justices Jorge Labarga and Charles Canady sit down to discuss the role of the chief justice and what it means to "pass the gavel" from one chief justice to the next.

Justice Labarga's two-term chief justice service ends June 30, 2018. Justice Canady begins his second...