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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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03, Sep 2014 - Florida Man Sentenced to 25 Years For Raping Child in Tennessee
An Oviedo, Florida man currently serving 15 years for sexual battery on a minor has received an additional 25-year sentence for raping the same child in Tennessee. Marc Anthony Baechtle, 46, will serve a 25-year prison sentence in Tennessee subsequent to completing the remaining eight years of his Florida sentence.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
03, Sep 2014 - Sex Offender Sentenced To 25 More Years For Raping Child
A Florida sex offender already serving a 15-year prison sentence there has been given an additional 25 years for raping the same child in Tennessee.
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A Florida probate court has awarded three friends of the late American artist $16.6 million for work they performed as trustees. UltraTrust.com takes a closer look as why an appeal is likely imminent. (PRWeb August 28, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/Rauschenberg_estate_plan/trustee_lawsuit/prweb12124571.htm
03, Sep 2014 - Former Broward School Board member makes allegations against renowned attorney
After years of delays, the corruption trial of former Broward school board member Stephanie Kraft and her husband, Mitch, is finally set to begin. But Friday, Kraft and her lawyers were in court making serious allegations of a conflict of interest in the case by one of South Florida's most prominent attorneys. Attorney David Bogenschutz is the go-to guy for politicians in hot water in Broward ...
03, Sep 2014 - Miami, FL Questions, answers on gay marriage's future in Florida
Four Florida judges have declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in the past month.
02, Sep 2014 - Tampa, FL Appeals court rejects request to hold off deciding Florida gay marriage cases
A state appeals court Thursday rejected Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's request to hold off on deciding the constitutionality of Florida's gay marriage ban until after the U.S. Supreme Court… Click to Continue »
02, Sep 2014 - Legislature's redistricting fix would make minor political changes
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Legislature is slated to pass a court-ordered redrawing of congressional districts next week that won't be a game-changer for Democrats.
02, Sep 2014 - Florida judge approves redrawn congressional maps
Midterm elections will proceed on Nov. 4 using existing maps, despite previous ruling on unconstitutionality.
02, Sep 2014 - Florida judge approves new map for Congress
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge is giving his approval to a new congressional map that was redrawn by state legislators — but it won't take effect in time for this year's election.
02, Sep 2014 - West Palm Beach, FL Florida wants U.S. Supreme Court to decide Gay Marriage
Florida's attorney general is asking state courts to stop considering same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether states have the right to ban gay marriage.
02, Sep 2014 - West Palm Beach, FL Judge grants woman same-sex divorce
A Broward County judge has said a West Palm Beach woman can dissolve her civil union to another woman. The ruling also said Florida's ban of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. "I was absolutely elated," said Heather Brassner, the woman asking for her civil union to be dissolved. "There's no words to describe how wonderful it felt." "Like nothing you can imagine, just chills and relief," said ...
02, Sep 2014 - Florida appeals court says state can rule on gay marriage ban
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - An appeals court in Florida on Thursday rejected a motion by its attorney general that urged the state's top court to delay a ruling on its same-sex marriage ban until the U.S. Supreme Court eventually decides on the issue. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi argued that the debate about gay nuptials involves issues central to the U.S. In a brief ruling, a ...
02, Sep 2014 - Washington, FL Defendant Sentenced for Aggravated Assault in Federal Prison
Daniel Victor Smith, previously an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Marianna, Florida, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison.
02, Sep 2014 - Blankner, two other Orlando area attorneys disciplined
Three attorneys in the Orlando area were named in the latest round of discipline cases handed down by the Florida Supreme Court, including criminal defense attorney Francis Wesley Blankner Jr.
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