Law students and faculty also have access to all the content described in the boxes below (For LIC Patrons, Free Resources, Print Resources).
There is one computer terminal in the LIC with access to Westlaw. This terminal is available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Finding Case Law in Print
Some--not all--decisions from the Florida Circuit Courts and County Courts (trial-level courts) are available in the following print resources:
Decisions from the Florida Supreme Court and the five District Courts of Appeal can be found in the following print resources:
If you have a case citation, such as 594 So. 2d 292, you can go directly to an applicable print resource listed above and find the case. If you are researching an issue and want to find relevant cases in print, you will need to start with a digest, which is an index of case law. For Florida state court decisions, the original digest is called the Florida Digest, and it indexes decisions from the Florida Supreme Court between 1846 and 1935. For more recent cases, the Florida Digest 2d indexes decisions from the Florida Supreme Court since 1935 and the District Courts of Appeal since 1957. The LIC has a set of the entire Florida Digest and of the Florida Digest 2d through the end of 2018, but no longer subscribes to this publication. For instructions on using a digest to find case law, watch this step-by-step video, or ask a reference librarian.
Updating Case Law in Print
After you find a case, it is very important to confirm that it is still good law. In other words, you must make sure that the case has not been overruled or otherwise limited by subsequent decisions or legislative action, either directly or indirectly. See Validating Florida Case Law in this guide at https://guides.law.ufl.edu/floridacaselaw/validating for instructions on how to update the cases you found.
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