Evolution of Justice in Florida - Historical Panels

Arranged in broadly chronological order, forty panels are currently on display in the supreme court building in Tallahassee, Florida.


1. Timucua Indians and Justice
2. 1597 Spanish Law Book
3. Florida on Trial
4. Colonial Courts and Justice
5. Jury Summons: 1783 British East Florida
6. The Governor’s Dilemma
7. Organization of US Courts in Florida
8. The Floridian: Laws of Florida
9. Spanish Land Grants
10. The Jonathan Walker Case:

            The Branded Hand

11. Riding the Circuit
12. The Court Convenes

13. First Chief Justice Thomas Douglas
14. The Right to Trial by Jury: Flint River Steamboat
15. Constitutional Conventions
16. Justice Hart and the Impeachment of Gov. Reed
17. The Presidential Election of 1876
18. Separation of Powers: Bisbee v. Drew
19. County Judges
20. The Case of the Cracker Cowboy
21. Bench and Bar of 1899
22. Women on Juries: Hoyt v. Florida
23. Montgomery v. State
24. Old Capitol Courtroom
25. Forty Years on the Court
26. 1948 Construction of the Supreme Court Building
27. Dedication of the Supreme Court Building, Dec. 28, 1945

28. Justice Harold Sebring at Nuremberg
29. Gideon v. Wainwright
30. 1968 Florida Constitutional Revision Commission
31. Election of Justices
32. Merit Selection and Retention
33. Constitutional Amendments
34. Justice Joseph W. Hatchett
35. Cameras in the Courtroom
36. Justice Leander Shaw, Jr.
37. The Court at the Governor’s Mansion
38. The Rosemary Barkett Award
39. Selection of Jurors: State v. Neil
40. The Expanding Court

Evolution of Justice in Florida - PART I

Historical Panels 1 to 12

The creation of this document was funded through the generosity of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society. The original exhibit of 40 historical panels was part of the initiative to enhance public trust and confidence in our state’s justice system. The panels are on public display in the Supreme Court Building

The Historical Society is committed to promoting the understanding of the importance of a strong, independent judiciary in our governmental balance of power.

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