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Close-up view of the Florida Supreme Court seal in Tallahassee, Florida.
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The origins of the Supreme Court seal go back sometime between 1825 and 1845 when the Territorial Court adopted an official seal that later formed the basis for the current seal which was officially adopted in 1950.
The Territorial Court seal was strikingly similar to the present Supreme Court seal, with two notable exceptions: First, in the Territorial version the eagle faces away from the seated Goddess of Justice and second, the Goddess in the Territorial seal is seated on a bale of cotton whereas in the present seal she is seated on a block of stone.
The official motto is the Latin phrase Sat Cito Si Recte (pronounced as saht see-to see rayk-tay), which means "Soon enough if done rightly" reflecting the importance of taking the time necessary to reach the correct result.
The Goddess of Justice is the Greek goddess Themis who is blindfolded to symbolize the impartiality of the law. She carries the balancing scales of justice in one hand and an avenging sword in the other. The letter "F" carved into the stone behind Themis stands for Florida and the eagle at the right is to symbolize the power of justice ruling the world.
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Close-up view of the Florida Supreme Court seal in Tallahassee, Florida. 1991. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/47100>, accessed 27 January 2023.
Close-up view of the Florida Supreme Court seal in Tallahassee, Florida. 1991. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/47100>