Florida State Courts System – Title VI Anti-Retaliation Policy

Florida State Courts System – Title VI Anti-Retaliation Policy 

It is the policy of the Florida State Courts System (SCS) to comply  with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. The SCS does not and will not exclude from participation in, deny the  benefits of, or subject anyone to discrimination on the basis of race,  color, or national origin. 


Retaliation is prohibited under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of  1964 and related federal and state nondiscrimination authorities.  It is the policy of the SCS that persons filing a complaint of Title VI  discrimination or engaging in other protected activity under Title VI  have the right to do so without interference, intimidation, coercion,  or fear of reprisal.  


Anyone who believes that the SCS has violated Title VI may file a  complaint. Unless it is impractical, the person making a complaint (“Complainant”) will put the complaint1 in writing, providing as  much factual information as possible, with dates, locations, the  persons in the SCS who are involved, case numbers or parties,  witnesses, etc. Complaints of violations of Title VI should be  reported to the following administrators where the alleged Title VI  discrimination took place: 

• Trial Court Administrator – at the trial court level; • Marshal – at the appellate court level; and 

• State Courts Administrator – for the Office of State Courts Administrator and Florida Supreme Court. 

SCS employees will not be retaliated against for engaging in activity  protected under Title VI.  

The SCS is committed to resolving any errors or violations of Title VI  rapidly. Therefore, an individual should report any incidents of  Title VI discrimination as soon as possible, preferably within 45  days of the date of occurrence, to the designated SCS court administrator where the alleged Title VI discrimination took place.  We will not dismiss a complaint for being filed after 45 days. All  

1 For purposes of this policy, the term “complaint” refers to any complaint that  alleges a violation of Title VI, including retaliation complaints under Title VI. 

complaints of discrimination will be treated seriously and acted  upon promptly.  

The designated SCS court administrator shall forward the written  complaint, or if there is none, report the allegations of the  complaint, within five (5) business days to the Chief Judge, the  Chief Justice, or their designee. The Chief Judge, the Chief Justice,  or their designee may appoint an investigative officer(s) who will  investigate the complaint and report findings of the investigation. 

The Chief Judge or Chief Justice will determine whether the face of  the complaint states a violation, and will notify the Complainant  accordingly. If a violation is stated, the Chief Judge or Chief  Justice, or their designee, will find facts to determine whether a  violation has taken place. The Chief Judge or Chief Justice will  strive to resolve the complaint within 45 calendar days of receiving  the initial complaint. If the complaint is not resolved within 45  calendar days, the Chief Judge or Chief Justice or their designee  will provide a status update, as soon as practicable, to the  Complainant, in writing, that includes an estimate of when the  complaint is expected to be resolved. If a Chief Judge is unable to  resolve the complaint they may refer the complaint to the Chief  Justice or their designee for resolution.  

Other Measures 

Irrespective of these procedures, the Complainant retains the right  before, during, or after the actions described within this policy, to  seek other remedies as provided by law. The Complainant may also  seek to file a charge of discrimination with the United States  Department of Justice – Civil Rights Division: 

U.S. Department of Justice 

Civil Rights Division 

Federal Coordination and Compliance Section 

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 

Washington, D.C. 20530-0001 

(202) 514-3847 

1-855-856-1247 (toll-free) 



Questions regarding this policy may be directed to: 

OSCA Office of Human Resources • 500 South Duval Street Tallahassee, FL 32399 • (850)487-0778 


OSCA Office of General Counsel • 500 South Duval Street Tallahassee, FL 32399 •(850)922-5109