§ 943.01 Short title
§ 943.02 Definitions
§ 943.03 Department of Law Enforcement
§ 943.031 Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council
§ 943.03101 Counter-terrorism coordination
§ 943.0311 Chief of Domestic Security; duties of the department with respect to domestic security
§ 943.0312 Regional domestic security task forces
§ 943.0313 Domestic Security Oversight Council
§ 943.0314 Public records and public meetings exemptions; Domestic Security Oversight Council
§ 943.032 Financial Crime Analysis Center and Financial Transaction Database
§ 943.0321 The Florida Domestic Security and Counter-Terrorism Intelligence Center and the Florida Domestic Security and Counter-Terrorism Database
§ 943.04 Criminal Justice Investigations and Forensic Science Program; creation; investigative, forensic, and related authority
§ 943.041 Crimes Against Children Criminal Profiling Program
§ 943.0412 Identity Theft and Fraud Grant Program
§ 943.0415 Cybercrime Office
§ 943.042 Violent Crime Investigative Emergency and Drug Control Strategy Implementation Account
§ 943.043 Toll-free telephone number; Internet notification; sexual predator and sexual offender information
§ 943.0433 Soliciting for Prostitution Public Database
§ 943.0435 Sexual offenders required to register with the department; penalty
§ 943.04351 Search of registration information regarding sexual predators and sexual offenders required before appointment or employment
§ 943.04352 Search of registration information regarding sexual predators and sexual offenders required when placement on misdemeanor probation
§ 943.04353 Triennial study of sexual predator and sexual offender registration and notification procedures
§ 943.04354 Removal of the requirement to register as a sexual offender or sexual predator in special circumstances
§ 943.0436 Duty of the court to uphold laws governing sexual predators and sexual offenders
§ 943.0437 Commercial social networking websites
§ 943.0438 Athletic coaches for independent sanctioning authorities
§ 943.0439 Interviews of victims, suspects, or defendants with autism or an autism spectrum disorder
§ 943.045 Definitions; ss. 943.045-943.08
§ 943.046 Notification of criminal offender information
§ 943.05 Criminal Justice Information Program; duties; crime reports
§ 943.051 Criminal justice information; collection and storage; fingerprinting
§ 943.0515 Retention of criminal history records of minors
§ 943.052 Disposition reporting
§ 943.0525 Criminal justice information systems; use by state and local agencies
§ 943.053 Dissemination of criminal justice information; fees
§ 943.0535 Aliens, criminal records
§ 943.054 Exchange of federal criminal history records and information
§ 943.0542 Access to criminal history information provided by the department to qualified entities
§ 943.0543 National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact; ratification and implementation
§ 943.0544 Criminal justice information network and information management
§ 943.055 Records and audit
§ 943.056 Criminal history records; access, review, and challenge
§ 943.057 Access to criminal justice information for research or statistical purposes
§ 943.0575 Public access to records
§ 943.0578 Lawful self-defense expunction
§ 943.0581 Administrative expunction for arrests made contrary to law or by mistake
§ 943.0582 Diversion program expunction
§ 943.0583 Human trafficking victim expunction
§ 943.0584 Criminal history records ineligible for court-ordered expunction or court-ordered sealing
§ 943.0585 Court-ordered expunction of criminal history records
§ 943.059 Court-ordered sealing of criminal history records
§ 943.0595 Automatic sealing of criminal history records
§ 943.06 Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Systems Council
§ 943.08 Duties; Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Systems Council
§ 943.081 Public safety system information technology resources; guiding principles
§ 943.082 School Safety Awareness Program
§ 943.085 Legislative intent with respect to upgrading the quality of law enforcement officers and correctional officers
§ 943.09 Criminal Justice Professionalism Program
§ 943.10 Definitions; ss. 943.085-943.255
§ 943.11 Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission; membership; meetings; compensation
§ 943.12 Powers, duties, and functions of the commission
§ 943.125 Accreditation of state and local law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities, public agency offices of inspectors general, and certain pretrial diversion programs; intent
§ 943.13 Officers’ minimum qualifications for employment or appointment.
§ 943.131 Temporary employment or appointment; minimum basic recruit training exemptions
§ 943.132 Implementation of federal qualified active or qualified retired law enforcement concealed firearms provisions
§ 943.133 Responsibilities of employing agency, commission, and program with respect to compliance with employment qualifications and the conduct of background investigations; injunctive relief
§ 943.134 Release of employee information by employers
§ 943.135 Requirements for continued employment
§ 943.137 Establishment of qualifications and standards above the minimum
§ 943.139 Notice of employment, appointment, or separation; response by the officer; duty of commission
§ 943.1395 Certification for employment or appointment; concurrent certification; reemployment or reappointment; inactive status; revocation; suspension; investigation
§ 943.1397 Officer certification examinations; fee
§ 943.14 Commission-certified criminal justice training schools; certificates and diplomas; exemptions; injunctive relief; fines
§ 943.146 Securing of copyrights by the department and sale of department work products
§ 943.16 Payment of tuition or officer certification examination fee by employing agency; reimbursement of tuition, other course expenses, wages, and benefits
§ 943.17 Basic recruit, advanced, and career development training programs; participation; cost; evaluation
§ 943.1701 Uniform statewide policies and procedures; duty of the commission
§ 943.1702 Collection of statistics on domestic violence
§ 943.171 Basic skills training in handling domestic violence cases
§ 943.1715 Basic skills training relating to diverse populations
§ 943.1716 Continued employment training relating to diverse populations
§ 943.1717 Use of dart-firing stun guns
§ 943.1718 Body cameras; policies and procedures
§ 943.172 Basic skills training in victims assistance and rights
§ 943.1725 Basic skills training on human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome
§ 943.1726 Continued employment training relating to diabetic emergencies
§ 943.17261 Department of Law Enforcement; training related to medical use of marijuana
§ 943.1727 Continued employment training relating to autism spectrum disorder
§ 943.1728 Basic skills training relating to the protection of archaeological sites
§ 943.1729 Skills training relating to community policing
§ 943.17291 Basic skills training in juvenile sexual offender investigation
§ 943.17295 Continued employment training relating to juvenile sexual offender investigation
§ 943.17296 Training in identifying and investigating elder abuse and neglect
§ 943.17297 Continuing employment training in identifying and investigating human trafficking
§ 943.173 Examinations; administration; materials not public records; disposal of materials
§ 943.175 Inservice training
§ 943.1755 Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute
§ 943.1757 Criminal justice executives; training; policy report
§ 943.1758 Curriculum revision for diverse populations; skills training
§ 943.18 Compensation and benefits study; recommendation
§ 943.19 Saving clause
§ 943.22 Salary incentive program for full-time officers
§ 943.25 Criminal justice trust funds; source of funds; use of funds
§ 943.253 Exemption; elected officers
§ 943.255 Effect of chs. 80-71 and 81-24 on prior rules and administrative proceedings
§ 943.256 Criminal justice selection centers; creation
§ 943.2561 Definitions
§ 943.2562 Advisory boards
§ 943.2563 Advisory board organization; center oversight
§ 943.2564 Center supervision; role of directing school or directing agency
§ 943.2565 Centralized information centers on prospective employment candidates
§ 943.2566 Promotions; feasibility study to establish pool of evaluators to assess qualifications
§ 943.2567 Operation and administration accounts; annual budget
§ 943.2568 Advisory boards; expense reimbursement
§ 943.257 Independent audit documentation subject to inspection
§ 943.31 Legislative intent
§ 943.32 Statewide criminal analysis laboratory system
§ 943.325 DNA database
§ 943.3251 Postsentencing DNA testing
§ 943.326 DNA evidence collected in sexual offense investigations
§ 943.33 State-operated criminal analysis laboratories
§ 943.34 Powers and duties of department in relation to state-operated laboratories
§ 943.35 Funding for existing laboratories
§ 943.36 Submission of annual budget
§ 943.361 Statewide criminal analysis laboratory system; funding through fine surcharges
§ 943.362 Forfeiture and Investigative Support Trust Fund
§ 943.365 Federal Law Enforcement Trust Fund
§ 943.366 Federal Grants Trust Fund
§ 943.367 Administrative Trust Fund
§ 943.37 Option to become state-operated laboratory; operational control
§ 943.403 Rulemaking; criminal justice program
§ 943.44353 Automatic notification of registration information regarding sexual predators and offenders
§ 943.60 Definitions
§ 943.601 Preservation of legislative powers
§ 943.61 Powers and duties of the Capitol Police
§ 943.611 Director of Capitol Police
§ 943.62 Investigations by the Capitol Police
§ 943.63 Arrest by the Capitol Police
§ 943.64 Ex officio agents
§ 943.66 Rules; Facilities Program, Capitol Police; traffic regulation
§ 943.67 Equipment
§ 943.68 Transportation and protective services
§ 943.681 Capitol Police program; funding
§ 943.685 Authority to purchase good will and promotional materials
§ 943.686 Unauthorized use of Department of Law Enforcement emblems or names prohibited
§ 943.687 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission
§ 943.6871 Criminal justice data transparency

Terms Used In Florida Statutes > Chapter 943

  • Acquittal:
    1. Judgement that a criminal defendant has not been proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
    2. A verdict of "not guilty."
     
  • Adjournment sine die: The end of a legislative session "without day." These adjournments are used to indicate the final adjournment of an annual or the two-year session of legislature.
  • Administrative personnel: includes K-12 personnel who perform management activities such as developing broad policies for the school district and executing those policies through the direction of personnel at all levels within the district. See Florida Statutes 1012.01
  • Advance rent: means moneys paid to the landlord to be applied to future rent payment periods, but does not include rent paid in advance for a current rent payment period. See Florida Statutes 1012.36
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Allegation: something that someone says happened.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Application: means a request under the convention by an obligee or obligor, or on behalf of a child, made through a central authority for assistance from another central authority. See Florida Statutes 1013.365
  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arraignment: A proceeding in which an individual who is accused of committing a crime is brought into court, told of the charges, and asked to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
  • Baseline: Projection of the receipts, outlays, and other budget amounts that would ensue in the future without any change in existing policy. Baseline projections are used to gauge the extent to which proposed legislation, if enacted into law, would alter current spending and revenue levels.
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Budget authority: Authority provided by law to enter into obligations that will result in outlays of Federal funds. Budget authority may be classified by the period of availability (one-year, multiyear, no-year), by the timing of congressional action (current or permanent), or by the manner of determining the amount available (definite or indefinite).
  • Central authority: means the entity designated by the United States or a foreign country described in…. See Florida Statutes 1013.365
  • Chambers: A judge's office.
  • Civil forfeiture: The loss of ownership of property used to conduct illegal activity.
  • Clerk of court: An officer appointed by the court to work with the chief judge in overseeing the court's administration, especially to assist in managing the flow of cases through the court and to maintain court records.
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Concurrent resolution: A legislative measure, designated "S. Con. Res." and numbered consecutively upon introduction, generally employed to address the sentiments of both chambers, to deal with issues or matters affecting both houses, such as a concurrent budget resolution, or to create a temporary joint committee. Concurrent resolutions are not submitted to the President/Governor and thus do not have the force of law.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Convention support order: means a support order of a tribunal of a foreign country described in…. See Florida Statutes 1013.365
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Counterclaim: A claim that a defendant makes against a plaintiff.
  • Court reporter: A person who makes a word-for-word record of what is said in court and produces a transcript of the proceedings upon request.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Deposit money: means any money held by the landlord on behalf of the tenant, including, but not limited to, damage deposits, security deposits, advance rent deposit, pet deposit, or any contractual deposit agreed to between landlord and tenant either in writing or orally. See Florida Statutes 1012.36
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Devise: To gift property by will.
  • Direct request: means a petition filed by an individual in a tribunal of this state in a proceeding involving an obligee, obligor, or child residing outside the United States. See Florida Statutes 1013.365
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Dwelling unit: means :
    (a) A structure or part of a structure that is rented for use as a home, residence, or sleeping place by one person or by two or more persons who maintain a common household. See Florida Statutes 1012.36
  • Early termination fee: means any charge, fee, or forfeiture that is provided for in a written rental agreement and is assessed to a tenant when a tenant elects to terminate the rental agreement, as provided in the agreement, and vacates a dwelling unit before the end of the rental agreement. See Florida Statutes 1012.36
  • Educational support employees: means K-12 employees whose job functions are neither administrative nor instructional, yet whose work supports the educational process. See Florida Statutes 1012.01
  • Electronic funds transfer: The transfer of money between accounts by consumer electronic systems-such as automated teller machines (ATMs) and electronic payment of bills-rather than by check or cash. (Wire transfers, checks, drafts, and paper instruments do not fall into this category.) Source: OCC
  • Entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
  • Extradition: The formal process of delivering an accused or convicted person from authorities in one state to authorities in another state.
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act: A federal law, established in 1971 and revised in 1997, that gives consumers the right to see their credit records and correct any mistakes. Source: OCC
  • Fee simple: Absolute title to property with no limitations or restrictions regarding the person who may inherit it.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Good faith: means honesty in fact in the conduct or transaction concerned. See Florida Statutes 1012.36
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Hearsay: Statements by a witness who did not see or hear the incident in question but heard about it from someone else. Hearsay is usually not admissible as evidence in court.
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Instructional personnel: means any K-12 staff member whose function includes the provision of direct instructional services to students. See Florida Statutes 1012.01
  • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
  • Joint resolution: A legislative measure which requires the approval of both chambers.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Landlord: means the owner or lessor of a dwelling unit. See Florida Statutes 1012.36
  • law enforcement agency: means any agency or unit of government that has authority to employ or appoint law enforcement officers, as defined in…. See Florida Statutes 88.6031
  • Lawsuit: A legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty, resulting in harm to the plaintiff.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Legislative Auditing Committee: means a committee or committees designated by joint rule of the Legislature, by the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, or by agreement between the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • Legislative session: That part of a chamber's daily session in which it considers legislative business (bills, resolutions, and actions related thereto).
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Managers: includes those K-12 staff members who perform managerial and supervisory functions while usually also performing general operations functions. See Florida Statutes 1012.01
  • minor: includes any person who has not attained the age of 18 years. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Mortgagor: The person who pledges property to a creditor as collateral for a loan and who receives the money.
  • mutual aid agreement: as used in this part , refers to one of the following types of agreement:
    (a) A voluntary cooperation written agreement between two or more law enforcement agencies, which agreement permits voluntary cooperation and assistance of a routine law enforcement nature across jurisdictional lines. See Florida Statutes 88.6031
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • oath: includes affirmations. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Office of Economic and Demographic Research: means an entity designated by joint rule of the Legislature or by agreement between the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability: means an entity designated by joint rule of the Legislature or by agreement between the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Plea agreement: An arrangement between the prosecutor, the defense attorney, and the defendant in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty in exchange for special considerations. Source:
  • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
  • political subdivision: include counties, cities, towns, villages, special tax school districts, special road and bridge districts, bridge districts, and all other districts in this state. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • Preliminary hearing: A hearing where the judge decides whether there is enough evidence to make the defendant have a trial.
  • Premises: means a dwelling unit and the structure of which it is a part and a mobile home lot and the appurtenant facilities and grounds, areas, facilities, and property held out for the use of tenants generally. See Florida Statutes 1012.36
  • Presiding officer: A majority-party Senator who presides over the Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing Members to speak, and interpreting the Senate's rules, practices and precedents.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Probation officers: Screen applicants for pretrial release and monitor convicted offenders released under court supervision.
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Public defender: Represent defendants who can't afford an attorney in criminal matters.
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Recess: A temporary interruption of the legislative business.
  • registered mail: include certified mail with return receipt requested. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Remand: When an appellate court sends a case back to a lower court for further proceedings.
  • Rent: means the periodic payments due the landlord from the tenant for occupancy under a rental agreement and any other payments due the landlord from the tenant as may be designated as rent in a written rental agreement. See Florida Statutes 1012.36
  • Rental agreement: means any written agreement, including amendments or addenda, or oral agreement for a duration of less than 1 year, providing for use and occupancy of premises. See Florida Statutes 1012.36
  • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Security deposits: means any moneys held by the landlord as security for the performance of the rental agreement, including, but not limited to, monetary damage to the landlord caused by the tenant's breach of lease prior to the expiration thereof. See Florida Statutes 1012.36
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Tenant: means any person entitled to occupy a dwelling unit under a rental agreement. See Florida Statutes 1012.36
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Transient occupancy: means occupancy when it is the intention of the parties that the occupancy will be temporary. See Florida Statutes 1012.36
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Uniform Commercial Code: A set of statutes enacted by the various states to provide consistency among the states' commercial laws. It includes negotiable instruments, sales, stock transfers, trust and warehouse receipts, and bills of lading. Source: OCC
  • United States central authority: means the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. See Florida Statutes 1013.365
  • Uphold: The decision of an appellate court not to reverse a lower court decision.
  • User fees: Fees charged to users of goods or services provided by the government. In levying or authorizing these fees, the legislature determines whether the revenue should go into the treasury or should be available to the agency providing the goods or services.
  • Usury: Charging an illegally high interest rate on a loan. Source: OCC
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
  • veteran: means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under honorable conditions only or who later received an upgraded discharge under honorable conditions, notwithstanding any action by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs on individuals discharged or released with other than honorable discharges. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.
  • writing: includes handwriting, printing, typewriting, and all other methods and means of forming letters and characters upon paper, stone, wood, or other materials. See Florida Statutes 88.6011