Justice John Couriel was ceremonially sworn-in as the 90th justice of the Florida Supreme Court October 7 in the courtroom at the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee. Couriel, the son of Cuban exiles, was appointed to the court by Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 1, 2020. His investiture was delayed by the pandemic. With him is his wife, Dr. Rebecca Toonkel, and there two children, Jonas and Eden.

Justice John Couriel is the most fully “invested” justice to ceremonially join the Florida Supreme Court in its 175-year history. Sort of a veteran inductee.

As Chief Justice Charles Canady noted in introductory remarks, Couriel’s October 7 ceremonial investiture came 16 months after he actually joined the court, the intervening delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.