Florida Criminal Procedure

Rules, Statutes, and Cases on Florida Criminal Procedure by Joe Bodiford, J.D., LL.M.

3.010. Scope

criminal defense

RULE 3.010. SCOPE

These rules shall govern the procedure in all criminal proceedings in state courts
including proceedings involving direct and indirect criminal contempt, proceedings under rule 3.850, and vehicular and pedestrian traffic offenses insofar as these rules are made applicable by the Florida Rules of Practice and Procedure for Traffic Courts. These rules shall not apply to direct or indirect criminal contempt of a court acting in any appellate capacity. These rules shall not apply to rules 3.811 and 3.812. These rules shall be known as the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure and may be cited as Fla. R. Crim. P.

BODIFORD COMMENTARY:  I suggest using Fla. R. App. P. 9.800, which is Florida’s “Uniform Citation System.”  If you have ever wondered why Westlaw and Lexis have a different citation system that is different than what is actually in the case on those sites, it is because Florida judges use the Uniform Citation System, and West and Lexis editors use BlueBook.  I am not sure why the law schools still teach BlueBook, but in practice I suggest following the state rule.

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