Court Administration

Lady Justice

On July 1, 1972, the Office of the State Courts Administrator (OSCA) was created with initial emphasis on the development of a uniform case reporting system to provide information on activity in the judiciary in the preparation of its operating budget and in projecting the need for judges and specialized court divisions.

The State Courts Administrator serves under the direction of the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court and the other six justices and oversees the operation of numerous court initiatives and administrative functions.

Additionally, the State Courts Administrator serves as the liaison between the court system and the legislative branch, the executive branch, the auxiliary agencies of the Court, and national court research and planning agencies. The OSCA's legislative and communication functions are handled directly by the State Courts Administrator and her executive staff.

More information on this structure is available in the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration maintained by The Florida Bar.

Office of the State Courts Administrator Values Statements

March 2012

  • RESPECT - We treat everyone with dignity, courtesy, and respect.
  • INTEGRITY - We are honest and trustworthy, and our actions are consistent with our words.
  • INNOVATION - We anticipate future needs and develop and implement innovative solutions to organizational challenges.
  • FLEXIBILITY - We adapt to challenges to produce the best results and are flexible in responding to the needs and responsibilities of our workforce.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY - We are accountable to each other, the courts, and the public for efficiently using our resources.
  • EXCELLENCE - We demonstrate the highest level of quality, professionalism, and service in our work and conduct.


If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation to participate in an activity, service, or program of the Office of the State Courts Administrator, please contact Ms. Debbie Howells at 850-922-4370 or