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Florida courts include county, circuit and district courts, as well as the Florida Supreme Court. Florida's 20 Circuit Courts hear general civil cases, as well as estate, tax, juvenile, and criminal matters. The majority of Florida jury trials take place in its trial courts, called Circuit Courts. Each of Florida's 67 counties has a County Court that hears civil cases valued at less than $15,000 as well as other traffic and misdemeanor cases. The majority of non-jury trials take place in County Court. Florida's appellate courts are called District Courts, and hear appeals from the lower courts.

If you're looking for legal forms in Florida, you can access the Florida courts self-help center at With some exceptions (including most juvenile court records,) Florida court documents are public record in Florida. The My Florida County website ( allows you to search and retrieve Florida court records from circuit and county courts, but there is a charge for this service. Although this online database doesn't include Florida's district courts or the Florida Supreme court, their court dockets can be searched via the Florida State Court's website ( Copies of Florida court documents can also be obtained at the courthouse where they're held.
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28, Nov 2014 - Supreme Court: Release Redistricting Documents
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a Republican political consultant's efforts to keep his redistricting records private, promising to give the public its first glimpse of documents that helped lead to the state's congressional districts being thrown out this summer.
28, Nov 2014 - Crist camp loses attempt to keep Broward polls open later
ST. PETERSBURG — Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist hunkered down to await results Tuesday night in their fierce battle to lead Florida, the Crist campaign unsuccessfully went to court seeking to keep polls open an extra two hours in the Democratic stronghold of Broward County.
28, Nov 2014 - Palm Beach, FL 2 face possible life in prison for sex trafficking
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two people in South Florida are facing potential life prison sentences after they were convicted of federal sex trafficking charges.
28, Nov 2014 - Orange, FL Accused ringleader found guilty in FAMU band hazing death
A former Florida A&M University band member charged with manslaughter in the death of a drum major who was beaten as part of a hazing ritual was found guilty on Friday. With the parents of Robert Champion looking on, Dante Martin was found guilty on all four counts. The charge carries a punishment of up to 22 years in prison.  "Mr. Martin is remanded to the custody of the Orange County Sheriff ...
28, Nov 2014 - Calhoun, FL No escapes after tornado knocks down prison fencing
BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. — An apparent tornado touched down early Monday at a state prison near Blountstown in Florida’s Panhandle, slightly injuring two people and damaging a number of vehicles. Calhoun...
28, Nov 2014 - Experts: Florida's high court took high road on cellphones
Just because you let your cellphone company keep track of where you are doesn’t mean police have a right to easily get that information — at least if you’re in Florida.
28, Nov 2014 - Former S.A. millionaire convicted in ex-wife’s slaying dies in prison
Allen Blackthorne, 59, who was serving life in prison for hiring a hitman to kill his former wife, has died in federal prison. The former millionaire died Tuesday in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he had been since April 15, the Bureau of Prisons told the San Antonio Express-News. The cause of death was not released. He had spent more than 15 years behind bars for the 1997 murder in Florida of ...
28, Nov 2014 - Washington, FL News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press
A Virginia man arrested during a 2012 raid on a central Florida white supremacist compound has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison for threatening Florida officials. The U.S. Attorney's Office reports that a federal...
28, Nov 2014 - Orange, FL Former FAMU band member convicted in 2011 hazing death
The alleged ringleader of a group of Florida A&M University marching band students who beat drum major Robert Champion Jr. in a 2011 hazing incident was convicted Friday of multiple charges related to Champion's death, according to CNN affiliate CFN13, which was in the courtroom when the verdict was read.
28, Nov 2014 - Calhoun, FL Tornado damages prison in Florida Panhandle
Frances Burns BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A tornado touched down at a prison in the Florida Panhandle, injuring two corrections officers and damaging the perimeter fence.
28, Nov 2014 - Monroe, FL Group calls for overhaul of Florida prison system
Florida's prison system needs a massive overhaul to stem the tide of corruption, mismanagement and inmate abuse that has plagued the agency not just of late, but for decades, a report issued Thursday says.
28, Nov 2014 - 2 Jacksonville lawyers among those disciplined
The Florida Supreme Court disciplined 32 attorneys; disbarring eight, revoking the license of one, suspending 14 and publicly reprimanding nine. • Anthony Wayne Blackburn was suspended for 30 days.
28, Nov 2014 - Martin, FL Jury Finds Tradition Is No Excuse For Brutal Hazing
Dante Martin faces a possible 22 years in prison for manslaughter in the death of fellow Florida A&M band member Robert Champion.
28, Nov 2014 - Polk, FL Man gets life sentence for fatal shooting
A central Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for his part in a fatal shooting. A Polk County judge sentenced 24-year-old Alex Baez on Thursday. A jury found him guilty last month of first-degree murder, and prosecutors hadn't been seeking the death penalty.
28, Nov 2014 - Lee, FL Florida man sentenced to 40 years for role in foiled bomb plot
TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida man was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison on Wednesday after being convicted of taking part in a foiled bomb plot that targeted a popular Tampa bar and a hotel-casino. Sami Osmakac, 27, plans to appeal his June conviction on charges of attempting to use weapons of mass destruction and possessing an unregistered automatic firearm, said defense attorney ...
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