“Addresses fascinating aspects of obtaining justice in Florida: both historical court systems before Florida became a state and alternative courts operating within Florida now. Anyone with an interest in the diversity of Florida’s legal past and present will find this book invaluable.”—Mary E. Adkins, author of Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New State Constitution
Pushing past the standard federal-state narrative, the essays in Florida’s Other Courts examine eight little-known Florida courts. In doing so, they fill a longstanding gap in the state’s legal literature.
In part one, the contributors profile Florida’s courts under the Spanish and British empires and during its existence as a U.S. territory and a member of the Confederate States of America. In part two, they describe four modern-era courts: those governing military personnel stationed in Florida; adherents of specific religious faiths in Florida; residents of Miami’s black neighborhoods during the waning days of Jim Crow segregation; and members of the Miccosukee and Seminole Indian tribes.
Including extensive notes, a detailed index, and a complete table of cases, this volume offers a new and compelling look at the development of justice in Florida.
Robert M. Jarvis, professor of law at Nova Southeastern University, is the editor of Teaching Legal History: Comparative Perspectives and coauthor of Out of the Muck: A History of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, 1915–2000.
A volume in the series Florida Government and Politics, edited by David R. Colburn and Susan A. MacManus