While the judicial branch is essential to the functioning of our constitutional system of government, it is the least understood of the three branches. Although the foundational structure of the judiciary may be the same across the nation, some attributes of the courts and the issues it faces are unique to each state. In this episode of Open Ninth, Chief Justice Charles Canady joins Chief Judge Fred Lauten to shed some light on the judicial branch of government, giving us an insider’s look into the Florida courts.
Chief Justice Canady was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court by Governor Charlie Crist in 2008. He served as Florida’s 54th Chief Justice from July 2010 through June 2012 and was elected to a second term as Chief Justice effective July 1, 2018. Chief Justice Canady served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives (1984-1990) and four terms in the United States House of Representatives (1993-2001) where he was a member of the House Judiciary Committee throughout his tenure.