Office of the State Attorney

Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Florida

 
 
 

 

Public Information


 

Section 119 of the Florida Statutes provides that information maintained 

by any public agency be released upon request by any person, either 

private, or public, or to the media. There are, of course, certain 

limitations. Information on cases under investigation will not be released 

until the charges have been filed by the State Attorney’s Office and 

discovery on the case has been released to defense counsel. If the case 

is not filed on, or is later nolle prossed, the information will be available 

at that time. Confessions and admissions made by the accused are not 

permitted to be released until after the case is disposed of. Medical 

records contained in case files may never be released.

 

In keeping with state records keeping guidelines, case files are routinely 

destroyed after the passage of the prescribed periods of time. 

Information on felony cases older than five years is destroyed and not 

available, nor is case information on misdemeanors available if more 

than two years old. First degree murder cases are never destroyed.

 

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