FINDING & USING  Florida Statutes
Available in Print
Florida Statutes• Official copy of the general & permanent  laws of Florida• Arranged by subject• Florida Statutes is divi...
What’s a supplement?Florida Statutes was first published in1941. Regular publication begin in 1949.Prior to 1999 the offic...
The citation from        The Florida Style Manual          for legal documents:        § 468.4561, Fla. Stat. (2010)      ...
Th e             Th es t a t u t e    s t a t u t en u mb e r       t i t l e  Hi s t o r y     T   h   e                 ...
Florida Statutory Codes              Unofficial Versions:             • Online Sunshine             • Florida Statutes    ...
Florida Statutes Annotated   Chapter title     Statute section   and number                         Text                  ...
Finding Statutes in Print
 Index Table of  Contents
•   Last volume:    – Topical Index    – Table of Section Changes from the most      recent legislature    – Table Tracing...
Free online statutes
http://www.leg.state.fl.us
Fla. Stat. on Westlaw
Fla. Stat. on Lexis
How to Search for Statutes     I f y o u  a l r e a d y  k n o w t h e c i t a t i o n ,t y p e i t i n        t h e c i t...
I f y o u o n l y k n o w a s u b j e c t        o f t h es t a t u t e , s e a r c h
How to Search for Statutes Se a r c h  u s i n g o n l i n e  i n d e x
How to Search for Statutes                        You can                       also skim                      the Table o...
Sources of FloridaStatutes                             Statutory                             code               Session la...
Statutory                              code                Session law     Slip law  TERMS  Slip lawPamphlet law
Statutory                  codeSession law    TERMS  Session law  Public lawLaws of Florida
Session Laws - Citation       Ch. 97- 415  Sec. 1, Ch. 2011 - 103
General ActsSpecial Acts
Finding Session Laws                    •   Print: Laws of                        Florida   (1822 to date)
http://www.law.fsu.edu/library/collection/LawsofFlorida/IndexTSALL1971-2008.pdf
1999-current at: www.leg.state.fl.us/
Session LawsCoverage 1987 to present                           1987
Session Laws       1987
Session Laws1822
Moving between Florida Statutesand session laws: •   The history note at the end of each     section lists the session law...
Moving between Florida Statutesand session laws: •   The Tracing Table for Session Laws to     Florida Statutes (in last v...
ComparisonFlorida            FederalFlorida Statutes   U.S. CodeLaws of Florida    Statutes at LargeFSA                USC...
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  • Unofficial compilation, WestGreat for:case annotations and reference featuresSeparate index volumesUpdated by pocket parts and supplementary pamphlets. Annotates Rules and Forms
  • The legislature enacts laws of different types:General acts apply statewide.Special acts apply to a local area or small group
  • The legislature enacts laws of different types:General acts apply statewide.Special acts apply to a local area or small group
  • You can search back from 1987 but for the most current session laws you search in one database, for everything else you search in the historical database.
  • Florida legislation

    1. 1. FINDING & USING Florida Statutes
    2. 2. Available in Print
    3. 3. Florida Statutes• Official copy of the general & permanent laws of Florida• Arranged by subject• Florida Statutes is divided into titles, chapters, and sections.
    4. 4. What’s a supplement?Florida Statutes was first published in1941. Regular publication begin in 1949.Prior to 1999 the official Florida Statuteswas published in odd-numbered years,with a bound supplement in even years.The supplement contained any changesmade to the law. If no changes were madeto the law in an even-numbered year, youwould have to check the prior year’sstatute for the current law.
    5. 5. The citation from The Florida Style Manual for legal documents: § 468.4561, Fla. Stat. (2010) 468 = chapter number 4561 = section number(this statute is in Title XXXII but you don’t need a title number in the citation)
    6. 6. Th e Th es t a t u t e s t a t u t en u mb e r t i t l e Hi s t o r y T h e s t a t u t e t e x t o r l a n g u a g e
    7. 7. Florida Statutory Codes Unofficial Versions: • Online Sunshine • Florida Statutes Annotated (West) • Florida Annotated Statutes (Lexis)
    8. 8. Florida Statutes Annotated Chapter title Statute section and number Text History notes References to law reviewsTopics covered inNotes of Decisions References to Treatises, CJS and key number Case summaries
    9. 9. Finding Statutes in Print
    10. 10.  Index Table of Contents
    11. 11. • Last volume: – Topical Index – Table of Section Changes from the most recent legislature – Table Tracing Session Laws to Florida Statutes (current vol. begins with 1995 session) – Table of Repealed and Transferred Sections (1943-present). – US & Fla. Constitutions
    12. 12. Free online statutes
    13. 13. http://www.leg.state.fl.us
    14. 14. Fla. Stat. on Westlaw
    15. 15. Fla. Stat. on Lexis
    16. 16. How to Search for Statutes I f y o u a l r e a d y k n o w t h e c i t a t i o n ,t y p e i t i n t h e c i t a t i o n s e a r c h b o x
    17. 17. I f y o u o n l y k n o w a s u b j e c t o f t h es t a t u t e , s e a r c h
    18. 18. How to Search for Statutes Se a r c h u s i n g o n l i n e i n d e x
    19. 19. How to Search for Statutes You can also skim the Table of Contents
    20. 20. Sources of FloridaStatutes Statutory code Session law Slip law
    21. 21. Statutory code Session law Slip law TERMS Slip lawPamphlet law
    22. 22. Statutory codeSession law TERMS Session law Public lawLaws of Florida
    23. 23. Session Laws - Citation Ch. 97- 415 Sec. 1, Ch. 2011 - 103
    24. 24. General ActsSpecial Acts
    25. 25. Finding Session Laws • Print: Laws of Florida (1822 to date)
    26. 26. http://www.law.fsu.edu/library/collection/LawsofFlorida/IndexTSALL1971-2008.pdf
    27. 27. 1999-current at: www.leg.state.fl.us/
    28. 28. Session LawsCoverage 1987 to present 1987
    29. 29. Session Laws 1987
    30. 30. Session Laws1822
    31. 31. Moving between Florida Statutesand session laws: • The history note at the end of each section lists the session laws that created or amended that section. Annotated statutes have more detailed history notes.
    32. 32. Moving between Florida Statutesand session laws: • The Tracing Table for Session Laws to Florida Statutes (in last vol. of official statutes) • Or online: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/Tracing Table.pdf
    33. 33. ComparisonFlorida FederalFlorida Statutes U.S. CodeLaws of Florida Statutes at LargeFSA USCAFAS USCSOnlineSunshine FdSys + THOMAS
    34. 34. Update Statutes(Keycite or Shepardize)

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