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Print Resources – Books

The Reference Section, located on the fifth floor of the Broward County Main Library has a local-law collection that includes the following categories of law:

Statutory Law
Ordinances enacted by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners or the commissions of the municipalities within Broward County.

Administrative Law
Administrative orders and rules.

Executive
Administrative Orders of the Broward County Administrator or the city managers of the various municipalities.

Regulatory
Rules and decisions of Broward County or municipal administrative agencies.

Case Law
Court opinions.

Among the major Broward County legal resources are the following:

Broward County Code, containing the text of the ordinances enacted by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.

Broward County Administrative Code, containing the regulations of the Broward County administrative agencies.

Florida Supplement, containing a few of the precedent-setting opinions of the courts and circuit courts. (It should be noted, however, that most cases heard by the lower courts are not reported and can only be found by visiting the courthouses in which the cases were heard.)

Links to Websites on Statutory Law (County and Municipal Codes)

The codes of ordinances of many counties and cities throughout the U.S. may be found on the websites of American Legal Publishing and Municipal Code Corporation. A few cities, however, publish their codes and/or ordinances on their own websites. Check the websites of individual cities for more information.

American Legal Publishing - website
Amlegal provides links to the text of codes of ordinances of the following cities:

  • Carver Ranches
  • Coral Springs
  • Hallandale
  • Hollywood
  • Pembroke Pines

Municipal Code Corporation - website
Municode provides links to the text of the following local codes:

  • Broward County
  • Miami-Dade County
  • Palm Beach County
     
  • Dania
  • Davie
  • Deerfield Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Lauderdale Lakes
  • Lauderhill
  • Margate
  • North Lauderdale
  • Oakland Park
  • Pembroke Park
  • Sunrise
  • Tamarac
  • Wilton Manors

Links to Websites on Case Law and Rules of Court

Broward County Clerk of the Courts - website
This website provides a description of the clerk's office, locations, and a forum for users to ask questions.

Broward County Public Defender - website
This is the home page of the public defender.

Community Resources

The following agency provides free civil legal advice, representation and education to low-income individuals in Broward County:

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida - website
491 North State Road 7, 
Plantation, FL 33317
Phone: 954-736-2400

Legal Aid Service of Broward County - website
491 North State Road 7, 
Plantation, FL 33317
Phone: 954-765-8950

 

                       

Updated 11/11