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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 http://www.flcourts.org/gen_public/family/self_help/index.shtml. With some exceptions (including most juvenile court records,) Florida court documents are public record in Florida. The My Florida County website (https://www.myfloridacounty.com/official_records/index.html) 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 (http://www.flcourts.org/index.shtml). Copies of Florida court documents can also be obtained at the courthouse where they're held.
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19, Dec 2014 - Fla. Man Sentenced For Enticing Teen To Perform Internet Sex Act
A Fort Myers, Florida man was sentenced to 17.5 years in federal prison following his guilty plea in federal court in Memphis to one count of attempted sexual exploitation of children, U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III said.
19, Dec 2014 - Washington, FL At a violent Florida prison, a death foreshadowed
MIAMI - Jerry Washington's terror began shortly after he filed a grievance claiming that a corrections officer at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton, Fla., had grabbed his buttocks and… Click to Continue »
19, Dec 2014 - BANK PAYOUT Couple gets $1M over 'unrelenting' robocalls
A Florida couple receiving “unrelenting” phone calls from Bank of America was awarded more than $1 million from a federal judge.
19, Dec 2014 - Duval, FL The view from the US county where death penalty invoked the most, per capita
More than half of US death sentences come from 2 percent of counties. Duval County in Florida tops the list. By and large, residents there are death penalty supporters.
19, Dec 2014 - Judge grants 1st same-sex divorce in Florida
Case may advance LGBT cause in Florida, fighting state's same-sex marriage ban
19, Dec 2014 - '20th hijacker,' caught in Minnesota, wants transfer to Guantanamo
MIAMI -- An imprisoned man known as the "20th hijacker" in the 9/11 terror attacks is asking a South Florida federal judge for a transfer to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
19, Dec 2014 - Florida, FL Courthouse to open at midnight when gay marriage ban expires
By Charlie Reed and Ken Jackson Staff Writers The Osceola County Courthouse will open for a couple hours at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6 – the moment that Florida’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage expires – to issue marriage licenses and possibly perform services.
19, Dec 2014 - Fort Lauderdale, FL After 90-year old is arrested, Florida judge halts law that restricts feeding the homeless
It is no longer illegal to feed the homeless in Fort Lauderdale. For now, anyway. On Tuesday, a Florida circuit court judge temporarily halted a controversial ordinance that restricts charities from feeding the homeless in public.
19, Dec 2014 - U.S. appeals court voids Florida welfare drug testing law
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday said a Florida law requiring applicants for welfare benefits to undergo mandatory drug testing is unconstitutional, a decision that could affect efforts to enforce similar laws in other states. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Florida did not show a "substantial special need" to test all applicants to its Temporary ...
19, Dec 2014 - Washington, FL Florida man gets life plus seven year in assault case
HAMMOND | A Florida man was sentenced to life plus seven years in prison Thursday for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old boy.
19, Dec 2014 - Palm Beach, FL Palm Beach Tycoon Gets 16 Years for Homicide With Bentley; Hour's Delay in Calling 911 While Vi
John Goodman, the Florida polo tycoon who got his first conviction set aside in the death of a 23-year-old man whose car he slammed into with his Bentley, was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
19, Dec 2014 - Couple awarded $1M from 'unrelenting' Bank of America
A Florida couple receiving “unrelenting” phone calls from Bank of America was awarded more than $1 million from a federal judge.
19, Dec 2014 - Orlando, FL Girl details 'despicable' sex crimes at gang sentencing
She was 14 at the time, a runaway in Central Florida.
19, Dec 2014 - FanDuel Sued In Florida Court Over "Double Your Deposit" Promotion
Last week, lawyers filed a class action complaint in Florida federal court against FanDuel, Inc., alleging that the market leader in daily fantasy sports contests had violated Section 817.415 of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act by advertising a "double your deposit" promotion that did not actually double customers' deposits immediately upon joining.
19, Dec 2014 - Clerks in 4th Circuit won't issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples after stay expires
What’s a clerk to do? After Florida voters approved in 2008 a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage, the issue started appearing before the courts as gay couples challenged the validity of the ban based on civil and equal rights issues.
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