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Close-up view showing the Seal of the Supreme Court of the State of Florida in the Old Capitol - Tallahassee, Florida.
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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 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.
Also as part of the court's ceremonies retired Justice Richard Ervin was awarded an honorary doctorate from Florida State University at the Old Capitol building.
Accompanying note: "On November 29, 2007, Craig Waters stated that the court observed the state sesquicentennial not in 1995, but in 1997 when Justice Kogan agreed to set aside funds to produce the following events."
Shown during the sesquicentennial celebration of the Florida Supreme Court. The Court had met in the Old Capitol Building from 1845-1912 and in an earlier Supreme Court Building (Whitfield Building) from 1912-1949. It moved to its current location, the Supreme Court Building, in 1949.
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.
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.
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Close-up view showing the Seal of the Supreme Court of the State of Florida in the Old Capitol - Tallahassee, Florida. 1997-05-09. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/47276>, accessed 27 November 2021.
Close-up view showing the Seal of the Supreme Court of the State of Florida in the Old Capitol - Tallahassee, Florida. 1997-05-09. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/47276>.