Quick Facts About The DCA

There are five district courts of appeal throughout the state. District court judges are appointed by the governor from a list of nominated qualified attorneys; each must be an attorney for five years in good standing with The Florida Bar and an elector (resident) of the district where he or she is to serve. District…

What Types Of Cases Are Heard By The Florida Supreme Court?

The Florida Supreme Court’s jurisdiction is limited by the Florida Constitution. This means it can only decide certain kinds of cases. The court must review final orders imposing death sentences, decide cases involving the discipline of attorneys, review district court decisions declaring a Florida statute or provision of the Florida Constitution unconstitutional, bond validations, certain…

What Types Of Cases Are Heard By The Division Of Administrative Hearings (DOAH)?

DOAH judges preside over a variety of cases that impact the entire state of Florida, one or more regions of Florida, or cases that can substantially impact the lives of particular individuals.  For example, DOAH judge hears cases involving employment discrimination, licensure discipline involving numerous professions, environmental and land use disputes, exceptional education disputes, Baker…

Quick Facts About The Circuit Court

A circuit court judge must be an attorney for five years, in good standing with The Florida Bar, an elector (resident) of the circuit where he or she is to serve, and is usually elected by the public to serve a six year term. A circuit court judge may be re-elected. Circuit court judges may…

Quick Facts About The County Court

A county court judge must be an attorney for five years (except if the population is less than 40,000 in that county) in good standing with The Florida Bar, an elector (resident) of the county where he or she is to serve, and is usually elected by the public to serve a six-year term. A…