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Levin College of Law

Florida Administrative Law

This guide explains how to research Florida administrative law.

Division of Administrative Hearings

As of July 1, 2015, Florida agencies are required to submit their final orders to the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) for inclusion in a central database that is fully text-searchable.  § 120.53, Fla. Stat.  The DOAH maintains two databases of administrative orders, keeping its own orders separate from orders issued by other agencies.

  1. a database of DOAH's own orders, resulting from hearings involving "disputed issues of material fact," § 120.57(1), which has the following search options:
    Workers Comp search and Due Process search

     
  2. a database of orders from other agencies, which has the following search options:search orders via text or by attribute

If you cannot find an order in the DOAH databases, you may be able to find it on the agency's website, in print, or in a commercial database.

Florida Agency Websites

Some agencies post final orders on their own websites (in addition to making them available in the DOAH database).  For example:

  • The Agency for Health Care Administration has a searchable database of orders.
  • The Office of Financial Regulation maintains a database of its own orders. 
  • The Public Service Commission has an extensive database of its own orders dating back to 1987.

Agency Orders in Print

Commercial Databases