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Standing Committee on Fairness
and Diversity

The Florida courts have been a leader in striving toward fairness in court operations.  After analyzing input from thousands of judges, court employees, attorneys, litigants, jurors, and other interested persons, the Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity has issued a report that documents current perceptions of fairness in the court system.  The Committee was established to assist the courts in identifying and eliminating any bias based on race, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, financial status, or any characteristic that is without legal relevance.

Read the Final Report in Word or PDF.

The Chief Justice issued Administrative Order AOSC12-28 on July 2, 2012, relating to the Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity. The committee was established to help advance the State Courts System’s efforts to eliminate from court operations bias that is based on race, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, financial status, or any characteristic that is without legal relevance.

Following are previous Florida committee reports, previous Florida Bar studies and national studies and articles on the subject of fairness and diversity. (Opening the following files requires that you have Adobe Acrobat loaded on your computer. Some of the files are large, so allow adequate download time.)

New Work products of the Standing Committee

Previous Florida Committee Reports

Previous Bar Studies

National Studies and Articles