Florida Statutes• Official copy of the general & permanent laws of Florida• Arranged by subject• Florida Statutes is divided into titles, chapters, and sections.
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.
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)
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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
• 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 begins with 1995 session) – Table of Repealed and Transferred Sections (1943-present).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
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.
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
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