Ricky Polston

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Ricky Polston
Court Information:
Florida Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $162,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Charlie Crist
Active:   2008-2017
Chief:   2012-2014
Past post:   Judge, Florida First District Court of Appeal
Past term:   2001-2008
Past post 2:   Attorney, Private Practice
Past term 2:   1987-2001
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Florida State University, 1977
Law School:   Florida State University, 1986

Ricky Polston is a justice of the Florida Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court on October 2, 2008, by Governor Charlie Crist. Polston was retained on November 2, 2010 to a six-year term that expires in 2017.[1]

From 2012 to 2014, Polston served as the chief justice of the court.[2]


Polston received his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from Florida State University in 1977 and 1986, respectively.[1]


Awards and associations


  • 1977: Most Outstanding Accounting Student Award, Florida State University


  • 2006-2008: Treasurer, Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges
  • 2003-2006: Member, Florida Bar Association, Appellate Court Rules Committee
  • 1985-1986: Member, Florida State University College of Law, Law Review
  • Member, Florida Bar Association
  • Member, Beta Alpha Psi
  • Member, Order of Coif
  • Member, Florida Institute of C.P.A.'s
  • Member, American Institute of C.P.A.'s
  • Member, Bar Register Preeminent Attorneys
  • Alumni, Tallahassee Inn of Court
  • Former treasurer, Tallahassee Inn of Court[1]



Florida Supreme Court, Associate Justice
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Ricky Polston Green check mark transparent.png 2,917,344 66.1%
Against retention 1,494,754 33.9%
  • Click here for 2010 general election results from the Florida Secretary of State.
Main Article: Florida judicial elections, 2010

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Polston received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.83, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.51 that justices received in Florida. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[3]

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