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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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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...

Jun 7, 2018

Supreme Court Staff Attorneys A. Mireille Fall-Fry and Michelle BallardWhy do justices need attorneys? A. Mireille Fall-Fry and Michelle Ballard, both staff attorneys who have worked for the court for 12 and 19 years respectively, answer this question. Their unique perspectives provide insight into the daily life and work of a staff attorney at the supreme court. They serve as a resource...

Apr 27, 2018

Supreme Court Clerk's Office front counter

Deputy clerks Christie Davis and Lindsey Champion discuss their day-to-day duties and the functions of the clerk's office. The Office of the Clerk is responsible for maintaining all case files and tracking the progress of all cases through the Supreme Court. This look "behind the counter" provides an overview of...

Mar 20, 2018

Image of Supreme Court Law Library

Supreme Court Librarian Billie Blaine and Archivist Erik Robinson provide a fascinating look into the history of the law library (one of the oldest libraries in Florida), its rare book collection and the plethora of resources available to justices, court staff and the public. 

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Jan 8, 2018

Image of Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Leon County Judge Nina Ashenafi Richardson

This inaugural podcast features Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Leon County Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson talking about how Florida courts communicate with people. Their discussion touches on the importance of jurors and impartial courts, social media, cameras in the courtrooms and some classic movies about...