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Justice Charles T. Canady

Charles T. Canady began serving on the Supreme Court in 2008. He was chief justice from 2010 to 2012. From 1984 to 1990, Justice Canady served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, and from 1993 to 2001, he served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Throughout his service in Congress, Justice Canady was a member of the House Judiciary Committee. For three terms, he was the chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. After leaving Congress, he became general counsel to Gov. Jeb Bush. He was appointed to the Second District Court of Appeal for a term beginning in 2002. He also practiced law with Holland and Knight and with Lane, Trohn, et al. He received his J.D. from the Yale Law School and his B.A. from Haverford College.

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Chief Justice Jorge Labarga

Jorge Labarga began serving on the Supreme Court in 2009, and he has been chief justice since 2014. He is chair of the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice. He was born in Cuba and came to the United States when he was 11. He began his legal career in 1979 as an assistant public defender with the Public Defender's Office in West Palm Beach, assigned to the appellate, misdemeanor and felony trial divisions. In 1982, he joined the State Attorney's Office in West Palm Beach. He joined the firm of Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Roth, Romano & Ericksen, P.A., in 1987 and, in 1992, helped found Roth, Duncan & Labarga, P.A., in West Palm Beach. He was appointed to the Circuit Court of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in 1996. He received his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law and his B.A. from the University of Florida.

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Justice Ricky L. Polston

Ricky L. Polston began serving on the Supreme Court in 2008. He was chief justice from 2012 to 2014. He is a Certified Public Accountant and had a public accounting practice before entering law school. He was in private law practice for 13 years before being appointed to the First District Court of Appeal in 2001. He was admitted to practice before United States District Court, Northern District of Florida; United States District Court, Middle District of Florida; United States District Court, Southern District of Florida; United States Tax Court; United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; United States Court of Federal Claims; United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; United States Supreme Court. He earned his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law and a B.S. from Florida State University. He has been an adjunct law professor at FSU since 2003.

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[Revised: 05-23-2016]