Terms Used In Florida Statutes 916.14

  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Statute of limitations: A law that sets the time within which parties must take action to enforce their rights.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
The statute of limitations shall not be applicable to criminal charges dismissed because of the incompetency of the defendant to proceed. If a defendant is declared incompetent to proceed during trial and afterwards is declared competent to proceed, the defendant’s other, uncompleted trial shall not constitute former jeopardy.