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Legal Practice Resources: Rules of Court

Florida State Rules

The Florida Rules of Court are to be followed when practicing before any Florida state court. These rules include:

  • Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure
  • Florida Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure
  • Florida Rules of Judicial Administration
  • Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure
  • Florida Probate Rules
  • Florida Small Claims Rules
  • Florida Rules of Traffic Court

Florida Local Rules

Local rules supplement the Florida Rules of Court and apply in their respective counties and circuits only. If there is a conflict between the Local Rules of Court and the Florida Rules of Court, the Florida Rules of Court apply.  

Florida Local Administrative Orders

An Administrative Order is defined by the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, Rule 2.120 as:

"a directive necessary to administer properly the court's affairs but not inconsistent with the constitution or with court rules and administrative orders entered by the supreme court."

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