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Governance Committees

What are court governance committees?

Committees are the mechanism established by the Florida Supreme Court for developing consensus on appropriate judicial branch policies affecting the administration of justice. While the state courts system is administered by the chief justice and the Florida Supreme Court, the policy development strategy of the judicial branch is, in many respects, very collegial. Due to the nature of the judicial branch, the development and implementation of policies and procedures for the trial and appellate court involves a complex, and often lengthy, process. Committees may be appointed when a specific issue or concern is brought to the Florida Supreme Court's attention, or when the Florida Supreme Court desires to evaluate and improve the court system’s performance in a particular area. Court committees make a vital contribution to the function of the judicial branch.

What committees direct the work of the Office of Court Improvement?

  • Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Court.

    This committee works to establish a fully integrated, comprehensive approach to handling all cases involving children and families.

    In carrying out this purpose, the Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Courts performs its responsibilities consistent with The Long-Range Strategic Plan for the Florida Judicial Branch 2016-2021, including but not limited to:

    • Goal 1.2, Ensure the fair and timely resolution of all cases through effective case management.
    • Goal 1.5, Encourage the use of consistent practices, procedures, and forms statewide.
    • Goal 1.6, Increase the use of constructive and non-adversarial resolutions in family law cases.
  • Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Courts.

    This task force addresses the needs of individuals with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders who become involved in the justice system.

    In carrying out this purpose, the Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Courts performs its responsibilities consistent with The Long-Range Strategic Plan for the Florida Judicial Branch 2016-2021, including but not limited to:

    • Goal 1.5, Encourage the use of consistent practices, procedures, and forms statewide.
    • Goal 2.4, Collaborate with justice system partners and community organizations to deliver appropriate services.
    • Goal 2.6, Promote the use of innovative and effective problem-solving courts and alternative dispute resolution processes.