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Levin College of Law

Florida Case Law

This guide describes the structure of the state courts in Florida and explains how to find, validate, and cite court decisions.

Rule 9.800: Florida's "Uniform System of Citation"

In state court proceedings, the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure provide that lawyers are to "use the uniform citation system prescribed by rule 9.800" of the Rules of Appellate Procedure.

 

Rule 9.800 Citation Examples

Citing FL Cases in Federal Court

In federal court proceedings, follow the Bluebook, unless a specific court rule directs otherwise.

  • Florida Supreme Court decision (same as Rule 9.800): 
  • Florida District Court of Appeal decision (note that the court abbreviation differs from Rule 9.800):FL District Court of Appeal Bluebook example
  • Florida Circuit Court abbreviation also differs from Rule 9.800 in that the Bluebook omits the circuit number: e.g., (Fla. Cir. Ct. <year>)
  • Florida County Court abbreviation also differs slightly from Rule 9.800 in that the Bluebook does not abbreviate the word "County":  e.g., (Fla. Orange County Ct. <year>)