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Florida State Courts
The Florida court system is comprised of the Supreme Court, five district courts of appeal, 20 circuit courts and 67 county courts. This website is a gateway to all of them.
Florida Supreme Court
The highest appellate court in Florida.
Florida Supreme Court Briefs and Opinions
Opinions issued in Florida Supreme Court cases decided since August 1984 and the briefs filed in those cases.
Gavel to Gavel video portal
Florida Supreme Court oral arguments
Florida District Courts of Appeal
There are five District Courts of Appeal in Florida, located respectively in Tallahassee, Lakeland, Miami, West Palm Beach and Daytona Beach. As a general rule, decisions of the district courts of appeal represent the final appellate review of litigated cases.
Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal
The Fifth District Court of Appeal is comprised of the Fifth Circuit, including Hernando, Lake, Marion, Citrus and Sumter Counties; the Seventh Circuit, including Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia Counties; the Ninth Circuit, including Orange and Osceola Counties; and the Eighteenth Circuit, including Brevard and Seminole Counties.
Florida Circuit Courts
The majority of jury trials in Florida take place before one judge sitting as judge of the circuit court. The circuit courts are sometimes referred to as courts of general jurisdiction, in recognition of the fact that most criminal and civil cases originate at this level.
Florida Ninth Judicial Circuit Court
The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court includes Orange and Osceola Counties.
Florida Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court
The 18th Judicial Circuit Court includes Seminole and Brevard Counties.
Florida County Courts
County courts are sometimes referred to as "the people's courts," probably because a large part of the courts' work involves voluminous citizen disputes, such as traffic offenses, less serious criminal matters (misdemeanors), and relatively small monetary disputes.
Florida Standard Jury Instructions
Standard Jury Instructions for each type — Criminal, Civil, Jimmy Ryce (Involuntary Civil Commitment), and Contract and Business cases — are prepared by the Florida Supreme Court Standard Jury Instructions Committees and approved for publication by the Florida Supreme Court.
Other Florida Government Resources