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Florida Court System

The Florida court system is made up of three federal district courts, a state supreme court, a state court of appeals, and trial courts. Each court has general and limited jurisdiction and serves a different purpose. Jurisdiction is a word to describe both the geographical location of the court’s service area AND the types of legal matters that they have judgement over.

The image below depicts the flow of cases through Florida’s state court system. Cases typically originate in the trial courts and can be appealed to courts higher up in the system.

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