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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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01, Nov 2014 - Fla. man gets life in prison in loud music killing
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.
01, Nov 2014 - Jacksonville, FL Florida man sentenced to life plus 90 years in rap music murder
By Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) - Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man, was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 90 years, by a Florida judge on Friday for killing an unarmed black teenager in an argument over loud rap music. Dunn, 47, a software engineer, testified at his murder trial last month he thought he was defending himself from an armed threat when he ...
01, Nov 2014 - Sheldon faults Bondi for dropping cases but won't file complaint
TALLAHASSEE — The Democratic contender for Florida Attorney General is calling for civil and criminal investigations of incumbent Republican Pam Bondi in the wake of reports that she dropped corporate lawsuits and investigations after being lobbied by a well-heeled Washington, D.C., law firm.
01, Nov 2014 - Gadsden, FL Three North Florida Women Arrested for $13K in Medicaid Fraud
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and the Tallahassee Police Department, arrested a Gadsden County woman and two Tallahassee residents for Medicaid fraud.
01, Nov 2014 - It’s Not Just the Senate: What’s Really at Stake in the 2014 Elections
A handful of important states, including Illinois, Florida, Michigan, Georgia, and Wisconsin, have closely contested races for governor, and partisan control may shift in Maine, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Kansas.  As Matthew Yglesias points out, state governments play the main role in funding public education at the K-12 and public college and university levels. Who runs the executive ...
01, Nov 2014 - Walton, FL Fort Walton Beach Man Sentenced to Prison and Ordered $1.2 Million in Tax Crimes, Mail Fraud, and C
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Douglas Edward Henderson, 52, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, was sentenced Wednesday, October 15th to prison and ordered to pay over $1.2 million in restitution following his guilty plea.
01, Nov 2014 - Michael Dunn gets life in prison for killing teenager over loud music
Michael Dunn, who was convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Florida convenience store, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.
01, Nov 2014 - Plea deal in FAMU case is off the table
A plea deal that was contemplated by one of the four defendants facing trial next week for the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major is off the table.
01, Nov 2014 - Complaint: D.C. law firm illegally lobbied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
The D.C. firm is accused of illegally lobbying Attorney General Pam Bondi.
31, Oct 2014 - Florida high court says police need warrants to track cellphones
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police must get warrants to track criminal suspects by monitoring their cellphone location signals. “Because cell phones are indispensable to so many people and are normally carried on one’s person, cell phone tracking can easily invade the right to privacy in one’s home or other private areas,” Chief ...
31, Oct 2014 - Fort Lauderdale, FL Trial of former UBS executive dredges up Swiss banks' shady past
FORT LAUDERDALE Fla./ZURICH (Reuters) - From bundles of cash inside scraps of newspaper to setting up shell companies, the trial in Florida of a former UBS (UBSN.VX) executive is a reminder of the extreme methods some Swiss bankers used to hide clients' cash. Raoul Weil, 54, is the highest ranking Swiss banker to be arrested in the United States and prosecutors are seeking to paint him as a ...
31, Oct 2014 - Bondi: No marriage for gay couples until legal battle plays out
TALLAHASSEE -- Same-sex couples should continue to be prevented from getting married in Florida until a legal battle plays out about the constitutionality of the state's gay-marriage ban, Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a federal-court filing Friday.
31, Oct 2014 - Martin, FL FAMU Hazing Trial: Florida Jury Begins Deliberation In 2011 Robert Champion Death
A Florida jury started deliberating Friday afternoon in the trial of Dante Martin, the leader of a Florida A&M University hazing ritual that killed 26-year-old Robert Champion in 2011. Martin could get a 15-year prison sentence if he's found guilty of manslaughter and felony hazing of Champion, the Associated Press reported . He also faces misdemeanor hazing charges involving two other FAMU band ...
31, Oct 2014 - Orange, FL Ex-band member guilty in drum major's hazing death
Dante Martin, center, waits for jury selection Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, as he stands trial in Orange County, Fla. Martin is one of four members of Florida A&M University's marching band charged with manslaughter and felony hazing in the death of Robert Champion.
31, Oct 2014 - Taylor, FL FDLE investigating deaths at 2 state prisons
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating several deaths at two north Florida prisons.
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