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Court Affected by Decision

Court Affected By Decision

[ If You’re In This Court, To Whom Must You Listen]

Court Issuing Decision

US Supreme Court

U.S. Circuit Court

(Federal Appellate)

Federal District Court for Florida

(Northern, Middle,  Southern)

Florida Supreme Court

Florida District  Court of Appeals (DCA’s)

Florida Circuit Court

US Supreme Court

M

M

M

M – Fed Q

P – State Q

M – Fed Q

P – State Q

M – Fed Q

P – State Q

U.S. Circuit Court

(Federal Appellate)

P

P

M – Same circuit

P – Other circuits

P

P

P

Federal District Court for Florida

(Northern, Middle, Southern)

P

P

M – Same district

P – Other districts

P

P

P

Florida Supreme Court

M – State Q

P – Fed Q

M – State Q

P – Fed Q

M – State Q

P – Fed Q

M

M

M

Florida District  Court of Appeals (DCA’s)

P

P

P

P

M - Same DCA

P - Other DCAs

M*

Florida Circuit Court

P

P

P

P

P

M - Lower specialized courts

P - All other courts

M = Mandatory / Binding Authority

P = Persuasive / Non-binding Authority

Q = Question/Issue

*DCA's decisions are mandatory for all Florida trial courts unless there is a split between 2 or more DCA's. If there is a split, the decision is mandatory only within the same DCA. See, Pardo v. State, 596 So. 2d 665 (Fla. 1992).

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