Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga recalled how he spent 11 years managing the Supreme Court’s judicial education program for new judges. The best advice he ever received came from a more experienced judge who eventually became a good friend and mentor, Labarga said. The friend told Labarga to always remember that whenever a lawyer or pro se litigant appears in court, “the judicial system is on trial.”

From the death penalty to speedy trial and circumstantial evidence, Florida laws have been changing quickly, Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga told an audience of criminal practitioners at a June 22 seminar in Boca Raton.

“To say there have been substantial changes in the criminal law of our state is likely the understatement of the year,” he said.

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