Local Law

Print Resources - Books

The Business, Law, and Government (BLG) Services Section , located on the fifth floor of the Broward County Main Library has a local-law collection that includes the following categories of law:

Statutory Law
Ordinances enacted by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners or
the commissions of the municipalities within Broward County

Administrative Law

Administrative Orders of the Broward County Administrator or the city managers of the various municipalities

Rules and decisions of Broward County or municipal administrative agencies

Case Law
Court Opinions

Among the major Broward County legal resources are the following:

Broward County Code , containing the text of the ordinances enacted by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.

Broward County Administrative Code , containing the regulations of the Broward County administrative agencies.

Florida Supplement , containing a few of the precedent-setting opinions of the courts and circuit courts. (It should be noted, however, that most cases heard by the lower courts are not reported and can only be found by visiting the courthouses in which the cases were heard.)

Click here for a more comprehensive list of print and electronic sources of Local Law.
(LINK to Level 4 - Law - Sources of Local Law - Print and Electronic)

Links to Websites on Statutory Law
(County and Municipal Codes)

The codes of ordinances of many counties and cities throughout the U.S. may be found on the websites of American Legal Publishing and Municipal Code Corporation. A few cities, however, publish their codes and/or ordinances on their own websites. Check the websites of individual cities for more information.

American Legal Publishing

Amlegal provides links to the text of codes of ordinances of the following cities:

Carver Ranches
Coral Springs
Pembroke Pines

Municipal Code Corporation
Municode provides links to the text of the following local codes:

Broward County
Miami-Dade County
Palm Beach County
Deerfield Beach
Fort Lauderdale
Lauderdale Lakes
North Lauderdale
Oakland Park
Pembroke Park
Wilton Manors

Links to Web sites on Case Law and Rules of Court

Broward Count 17th Judicial Circuit Court
This is the home page of Broward County's circuit court.

Broward County Clerk of the Courts

This website provides a description of the clerk's office, locations, and a forum for users to ask questions.

Broward County Public Defender

This is the home page of the public defender.

Community Resources

The following agency provides free civil legal advice, representation and education to low-income individuals in Broward County:

Legal Aid Service of Broward County
491 North State Road 7
Plantation, FL 33317
Phone:    954-765-8950
Website:  http://legalaid.org/broward