Amy Singer Borman Baker Act Barbara J. Pariente C. Alan Lawson Caroline Levine Charles T. Canady Florida Supreme Court Jeffrey Colbath Jorge Labarga Lee County mental health/mental illness Peggy A. Quince R. Fred Lewis Ricky Polston Robert Young telecommunications
Fourteen people who were facing possible commitment under Florida’s mental health law challenged a Lee County judge’s decision to preside over their hearings remotely via videoconferencing equipment. The Second District Court of Appeal ruled there was no clearly established right to have a judge in a mental commitment case physically present at the hearing. But the 2nd DCA also certified the legal question to be one of great public importance for this Court’s review.
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