Florida Statutes > Title XLVII > Chapter 944 > § 944.279 - Disciplinary procedures applicable to prisoner for filing frivolous or malicious actions or bringing false information before court
Current as of: 2011
(1) At any time, and upon its own motion or on motion of a party, a court may conduct an inquiry into whether any action or appeal brought by a prisoner was brought in good faith. A prisoner who is found by a court to have brought a frivolous or malicious suit, action, claim, proceeding, or appeal in any court of this state or in any federal court, which is filed after June 30, 1996, or to have brought a frivolous or malicious collateral criminal proceeding, which is filed after September 30, 2004, or who knowingly or with reckless disregard for the truth brought false information or evidence before the court, is subject to disciplinary procedures pursuant to the rules of the Department of Corrections. The court shall issue a written finding and direct that a certified copy be forwarded to the appropriate institution or facility for disciplinary procedures pursuant to the rules of the department as provided in s. 944.09.
(2) This section does not apply to a criminal proceeding.
(3) For purposes of this section, "prisoner" means a person who is convicted of a crime and is incarcerated for that crime or who is being held in custody pending extradition or sentencing.
s. 5, ch. 96-106; s. 14, ch. 97-78; s. 1, ch. 2004-285.
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