Direct Appeal Jurisdiction of Florida's District Courts of Appeal

20 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2008  

Mary Piccard Vance

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ann Piccard

Stetson University College of Law

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

This is a practical response to a question that vexes many Florida lawyers: What is, or is not, a final order from a Florida trial court that is appealable to a District Court of Appeal on the basis of its finality? The scope of the discussion is limited to appeals from civil and administrative, rather than criminal, courts in Florida. The article begins with a brief overview of the District Courts of Appeal and their jurisdiction, and then addresses the efforts Florida courts have made to establish a standard by which to measure an order's "finality." Further, the article analyzes the procedure by which final orders are appealed, and it then concludes that the courts have succeeded in defining "final judgments" and that Florida lawyers need only follow the courts' rules and precedent in determining which "final judgments" are appealable and which are not.

Keywords: appealable issues, Florida trial courts, Florida District Court of Appeal, civil courts, administrative courts

JEL Classification: K10, K23, K41

Suggested Citation

Piccard Vance, Mary and Piccard, Ann, Direct Appeal Jurisdiction of Florida's District Courts of Appeal (2003). Stetson Law Review, Vol. 33, p. 153, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1282293

Mary Piccard Vance

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ann Piccard (Contact Author)

Stetson University College of Law ( email )

1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707
United States
727 562-7883 (Phone)

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