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Broward County > Library > Reference Section > Law > State Law Sources
Print and Electronic

The following sources of state law are available in the Reference Section of the Broward County Main Library. 

Statutory Law (Legislation) - website

Bills, Laws, Statutes, and Codes

Bills of the Florida Legislature - website
Florida House and Senate bills may be found at the Online Sunshine website listed above.

Slip Laws - website
Newly-passed Florida acts are first published as slip laws in unbound pamphlet form. The slip laws are available at the Online Sunshine website listed above.

Laws of Florida - website
The Reference Section has an historical collection of the Laws of Florida. These annual bound volumes contain the general and special acts and resolutions adopted by the Florida Legislature. The laws are arranged in chronological order, as passed.  This is also available at the Online Sunshine website listed above.

Florida Statutes - website
The Section has an historical collection of print copies of Florida Statutes, which is the official codification of the laws of Florida. The laws are arranged according to subject matter. The Florida Statutes are also available at the Online Sunshine website listed above.

Florida Statutes Annotated
The Section has an annotated edition of the Florida Statutes, which contains references to Florida judicial cases and other related legal sources in addition to the text of the Florida Statutes. It is updated with an annual supplement.

Legislative Histories

Florida Legislature Final Legislative Bill Information
This annual document, formerly titled History of Legislation, is published at the end of each Florida legislative session. It contains a history of House and Senate bills as well as a citator and a subject index to bills of both houses. The bill history section is arranged consecutively by bill number. The Reference Section has an historical collection of this publication going back several decades.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - EXECUTIVE LAW (Executive Orders) - website

The Reference Section does not have a print collection of the Executive Orders of the Governor of the State of Florida, but this information is available on the website of the Florida Governor.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW REGULATORY (Rules) - website

Regulations

Florida Administrative Weekly - website
The full text of proposed rules, notices of changes, emergency rules, and other regulations of Florida regulatory agencies is available online at the Florida Administrative Weekly and Florida Administrative Code website.

Florida Administrative Code Annotated - website
This compilation of the rules and regulations of the Florida regulatory agencies, as filed with the Florida Department of State, is now available online at the Florida Administrative Weekly and Florida Administrative Code website.

CASE LAW (Court Opinions) - Florida State Courts website; Florida Law Online (Florida Courts) website

County Courts and Florida Circuit Courts

Florida Supplement
The Reference Section has the complete set of this printed publication. Included in these volumes are decisions of the lower courts in the State of Florida (circuit courts and county courts) as well as decisions of Florida administrative agencies and commissions. Most decisions of the lower courts, however, are not published in reporters and are only available at the local courthouses.

Florida District Courts of Appeal and Florida Supreme Court

Southern Reporter - Florida State Courts website; Supreme Court Opinions website
The Reference Section has a complete set of this publication, which began in 1887. This series includes state appellate cases from Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi as well as Florida. 

Indexes by Case Name

Shepard's Florida Case Names Citator
This compilation of case names and citations for Florida cases covers 1940 to the present.

Digests

Florida Supplement Digest
This digest is a finding tool for the Florida Supplement.

West's Florida Digest
This digest is a finding tool for the Southern Reporter, Federal Supplement, Federal Reporter, etc.

Citation Books (for “Shepardizing”)

Shepard's Florida Citations
This is a compilation of citations to Florida court cases. A citation is a reference in a later (citing) case to an earlier (cited) case. 

RULES OF COURT PROCEDURE

Florida Rules of Court – State - website
This is a compilation of court rules governing state practice in Florida. It includes Florida rules of civil and criminal procedure as well as the rules of appellate procedure, traffic court, and small- claims court.            

FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS

Attorney General Opinions - website
The Attorney General of the State of Florida, the chief legal officer of the state, provides legal opinions to governmental agencies on matters of statutory interpretation. These opinions are advisory only and are not binding in a court of law. The Reference Section has an historical print collection of the opinions of the Attorney General of Florida. The opinions are also available online at the websites listed above.

 

 

Updated 11/11