|Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida|
July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2014
|Preceded by||Charles T. Canady|
|Succeeded by||Jorge Labarga|
|Justice for the Florida Supreme Court|
October 1, 2008
|Nominated by||Florida Judicial Nominating Commission|
|Appointed by||Charlie Crist|
|Preceded by||Kenneth B. Bell|
|Born||1956 (age 58–59)
|Spouse(s)||Deborah Ehler Polston|
|Alma mater||Florida State University College of Law (J.D.)
Florida State University (B.S.)
|Website||Florida Supreme Court Bio|
Ricky L. Polston (born 1956 in Dothan, Alabama) has been a Justice of the Florida Supreme Court since his appointment in 2008 and was the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court from July 2012 to June 2014. He is a graduate of Florida State University College of Law.
Polston was raised in Graceville, Florida, and graduated from Graceville High School in 1973 as valedictorian. He received an A.A. from Chipola College in 1975, and a B.S., summa cum laude, from Florida State University in 1977. In 1986, he received his J.D. with high honors from the Florida State University College of Law. Polston is married to children's book author Deborah Ehler Polston. They have ten children, including six whom they have adopted.
Polston has been a certified public accountant since 1978 and worked as a public accountant from 1977-1984. After becoming an attorney, Polston was in private practice from 1987-2000. Governor Jeb Bush appointed him a judge of the First District Court of Appeal of Florida on January 2, 2001, where he served until his appointment to the Florida Supreme Court. During his service on the Court of Appeals, Polston heard over 6,000 appellate cases. Since 2003, Polston has also worked as an adjunct professor at Florida State University College of Law, teaching the Florida Constitutional Law class there for several years.
Supreme Court appointment
Governor Charlie Crist appointed Polston to the Florida Supreme Court on October 1, 2008 to replace Kenneth B. Bell, who resigned that day to return to private practice. Polston was sworn in the next day. He was the second of Crist's four appointments to the Florida Supreme Court.
Justice Polston was elected unanimously to serve as Florida's 55th Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, starting July 1, 2012. Polston, who served a two-year term in the office, is the first Florida State Law alum to be selected as Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court.
- "Chronology of the Chief Justices of Florida" (PDF). The Office of Public Information, State of Florida. 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
- The Florida Bar News, "Polston Joins the Court", October 15, 2008, p. 1.
- Florida Supreme Court Profile
- Hafenbrack, Josh, "Crist names Ricky Polston to Florida Supreme Court," Orlando Sentinel, October 1, 2008.
- Flemming, Paul, "Gov. Crist names Panhandle native to state high court," Pensacola News Journal, October 1, 2008.
- Liberto, Jennifer, "Polston to join state Supreme Court," St. Petersburg Times, October 2, 2008.
Kenneth B. Bell
|Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
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