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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.

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  • 1. FINDING & USING Florida Statutes
  • 2. Available in Print
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. Florida Statutory Codes Unofficial Versions: • Online Sunshine • Florida Statutes Annotated (West) • Florida Annotated Statutes (Lexis)
  • 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. Finding Statutes in Print
  • 10.  Index Table of Contents
  • 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 begins with 1995 session) – Table of Repealed and Transferred Sections (1943-present).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. Free online statutes
  • 13. http://www.leg.state.fl.us
  • 14. Fla. Stat. on Westlaw
  • 15. Fla. Stat. on Lexis
  • 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. 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. 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. How to Search for Statutes You can also skim the Table of Contents
  • 20. Sources of FloridaStatutes Statutory code Session law Slip law
  • 21. Statutory code Session law Slip law TERMS Slip lawPamphlet law
  • 22. Statutory codeSession law TERMS Session law Public lawLaws of Florida
  • 23. Session Laws - Citation Ch. 97- 415 Sec. 1, Ch. 2011 - 103
  • 24. General ActsSpecial Acts
  • 25. Finding Session Laws • Print: Laws of Florida (1822 to date)
  • 26. http://www.law.fsu.edu/library/collection/LawsofFlorida/IndexTSALL1971-2008.pdf
  • 27. 1999-current at: www.leg.state.fl.us/
  • 28. Session LawsCoverage 1987 to present 1987
  • 29. Session Laws 1987
  • 30. Session Laws1822
  • 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. 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. ComparisonFlorida FederalFlorida Statutes U.S. CodeLaws of Florida Statutes at LargeFSA USCAFAS USCSOnlineSunshine FdSys + THOMAS
  • 34. Update Statutes(Keycite or Shepardize)