The Reference Section, located on the fifth floor of the Broward County Main Library, maintains a collection of the law materials of the State of Florida. The collection includes the following major categories of law:
Laws enacted by the Florida Legislature.
Governor’s Proclamations and Executive Orders.
Rules and decisions of Florida’s administrative agencies.
Among the major State of Florida legal resources are the following:
Florida Statutes, containing the text of the laws enacted by the Florida Legislature.
Florida Administrative Code, containing the regulations of the Florida administrative agencies.
Southern Reporter, containing the opinions of the courts of the state of Florida as well as Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
The Reference Section maintains an historical collection of Florida session laws, in print and on microfiche, beginning in 1822. Paper copies of legislative journals go back several decades. The Section also maintains a collection of the opinions of the Florida Attorney General dating back to 1941.
Findlaw (website) provides a wide variety of legal information at the federal and state levels.
Florida Legal Forms (website) provides legal forms that may be used in Florida.
Law Depot (website) provides a quick and easy way to create customizable legal documents as well as articles and definitions on a wide range of legal topics.
The Section has a database of statutory, administrative, and case law, at the federal level and for all fifty states. The LoisLaw database is accessible by visiting the Reference Section at the Broward County Main Library. Ask a librarian to help you log on to this database.
Links to General Websites on Florida Law
Additional information on state law may be found on the following websites:
ipl2: Information You Can Trust - website
This is a searchable and annotated subject directory of internet resources that provide accurate, factual information on many topics. Select “Law” from the broad list of headings and then select “Law by Place (U.S. States & non-U.S.)”.
American Law Sources Online (ALSO!) – U.S. Law - Florida Sources - website
This is a guide to Florida law on the Internet.
Family Law Forms - website
Family Law Forms provides forms related to all aspects of family law in Florida. It also provides the text of the Florida Constitution, statutes, rules, and court opinions. Also included are directories of professional court reporters, expert witnesses and private investigators. Links to the web pages of each Florida governmental agency, as well as federal agencies, are included.
Florida Law Online - website
This very comprehensive site, created and maintained by Fort Lauderdale attorney James H. Wyman, provides easy access to Florida legislative, executive, and judicial information as well as to law reviews and directories of lawyers.
Rominger Legal: Florida State Legal Page - website
The Florida State Legal Page is a comprehensive site for Florida statutory, regulatory, and case law. It also provides links to professional directories (court reporters, expert witnesses, private investigators, process servers, etc.) as well as links to the home pages of Florida law schools and Florida government agencies.
Links to Websites on Florida Statutory Law (Bills, Laws, Statutes, etc.)
Florida House and Senate Bills - Florida House Bills website; Florida Senate Bills website
Legislative bills are available on the websites.
Online Sunshine: Official Guide to the State of Florida Legislature - Online Sunshine website; Florida Statutes website
Online Sunshine provides the text of the Laws of Florida and the Florida Statutes as well as the Constitution of the State of Florida.
Links to Websites on Florida Executive Law
Florida Law Online: Florida Executive Branch - website
This site provides access to the Executive Orders of the Governor of Florida and links to the websites of state agencies and departments.
Links to Websites on Florida Administrative Law (Rules and Regulations)
Florida Administrative Weekly on the Web - website
This site provides direct access to the proposed and final rules and regulations affecting Floridians. Notices of public meetings are included.
Florida Administrative Code - website
This site provides direct access to the codified version of the final rules and regulations of Florida administrative agencies.
Links to Websites on Florida Case Law and Rules of Court (Court Opinions and Rules)
Florida State Courts - website
The site of the Florida courts system provides links to the Florida Supreme Court, District Courts of Appeals, and Circuit Courts. It also provides links to the Family and Juvenile Courts Home Page. Information about pending and recent legislation affecting the court system and an index to legal research resources are also included.
Florida Supreme Court - website; Opinions and Rules website
The home page of the Florida Supreme Court provides access to court-related information.
Links to the Opinions of the Attorney General
Florida Office of the Attorney General - website
This site provides access to opinions of the Attorney General of the State of Florida.
Links to Websites for Laws of Other States
Lawcrawler: Legal Web and Database Search - website
Lawcrawler provides a search engine to many kinds of legal information, including state government information and laws for selected states.