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Business Court - The Complex Business Litigation Division

Business Court is a specialized division of the circuit civil court, identified as Division L. It was created in 2007 to resolve business related disputes.


Case Types


The types of cases that are automatically assigned to the business division are specified in the governing administrative order of the Chief Judge of the circuit, currently AO S-2013-021. These are:


A. Internal affairs or governance; dissolution or liquidation rights; obligations between or among owners (shareholders, partners, members); or liability or indemnity of managers (officers, directors, managers, trustees, or members or partners functioning as managers) of corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies or partnerships;

B. Trade secrets and non-compete agreements;

C. Intellectual property;

D. Securities or state securities laws;

E. Antitrust statutes;

F. Shareholder derivative actions and related class actions;

G. Corporate trust affairs or director and officer liability;

H. Non-consumer UCC-related transactions;

I. Purchases and sales of businesses or the assets of a business; and

J. Franchisee / franchisor relationships and liabilities.


Under the administrative order, other complex cases may be transferred into business court at the request of the judge assigned to the case.

Business Court Procedures


Proposed Local Rule 3 provides procedures that supplement the Rules of Civil Procedure for business court cases.


Local Rule 3 will become a binding local court rule only upon approval by the Florida Supreme Court; until then its provisions are practice guidelines that replace the previously existing business court procedures.


The rule was formulated by a business court rules committee appointed by HCBA President Carter Anderson and chaired by attorney Erin Jackson.


For information about scheduling, submitting proposed orders, appearing by telephone, or other chambers preferences, click here.