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Criminal Law Field Placement Clinic Resource Guide

A research and guidance resource for student's in the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law Criminal Law Field Placement Clinic.

Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure

The Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure are the governing body of rules for Florida criminal courts. Each chapter outlines procedural rules the courts and counsel must follow to "provide for the just determination of every criminal proceeding." Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.020. These rules are the determining factor for any procedural issues that may arise.

Suggested Use: Use the annotated Rules linked below as a reference to find the governing section of rules for any procedural question. These include procedural deadlines, considerations at pre-trial hearings and trial, responsibilities of all parties, and any other issue regarding judicial processing.  

South Florida Tri-County Local Rules (Unannotated):

Florida Criminal Practice and Procedure: Volumes 1 and 2

Florida Criminal Practice and Procedure provides a complete, easy-to-use, comprehensive analysis of all stages and aspects of criminal procedure in Florida courts, from arrest to appeal. In addition, it contains cites to controlling statutes and cases and provides practical advice and strategy on conducting effective counsel. These volumes give you detailed discussion of the basic law concerning: arrest, pre-trial release, indictments and information, discovery, motions, jury matters, argument, jury instruction, and verdicts. The eBook version of this title features links to Lexis Advance for further legal research options.

Suggested UseIf you spot a potential procedural issue in your case, use the title's Table of Contents or Index to find the chapter and subsection most closely related to your issue. This tile can provide a breakdown of understanding the legal issue, as well as provide you with Florida case law and statutes to support any argument that may arise.

For Example: Suppose opposing counsel refuses to produce a piece of discovery you believe integral to your case. Browse the Table of Contents to find Chapter 6. Discovery > Part B. Discovery Obligations of State and Defendant. Then, browse the chapter to determine whether your issue has merit and should be addressed or if your issue is moot.

Crim. Pro. Outlines