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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 begins with 1995 session) – Table of Repealed and Transferred Sections (1943-present).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
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  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)
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  27. 27. 1999-current at:
  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: 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)