EmployeeScreenIQ serves an impressive roster of clients ranging from Fortune 100 organizations to mid-size corporations representing a diversity of industries . So whether you employ people in Florida, throughout the United States or in over 200 countries abroad, we are your one stop shop for employment background checks.

Listed below are some things that those who conduct employee background checks in the state of Florida should know.


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The state of Florida has 67 counties.

State Court Structure

  • Circuit: Florida has 20 judicial circuit courts which have general trial jurisdiction over matters not assigned by statute to the county courts and also hear appeals from county court cases. Some circuits are made up of multiple counties.
  • County: There is one county court in each of Florida’s 67 counties. The county courts are sometimes referred to as “the people’s courts,” covering traffic offenses, less serious criminal matters (misdemeanors), and relatively small monetary disputes.
  • Appellate Courts: There are five District Courts of Appeal in Florida, located respectively in Tallahassee, Lakeland, Miami, West Palm Beach and Daytona Beach.  Decisions of the district courts of appeal represent the final appellate review of litigated cases.
  • Florida Supreme Court: The highest court in the state.

Federal Court Structure

Trial Courts:

  • Southern District of Florida: Court for the Southern District is held in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Pierce, Key West, and West Palm Beach.
  • Northern District of Florida: Court for the Northern District is held in Tallahassee, Gainesville, Marianna, Panama City and Pensacola.
  • Middle District of Florida: Court for the Middle District is held in Tampa, Fernandina, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Live Oak, Ocala, Orlando and St. Petersburg.

Appellate Court:

  • Federal cases in Florida are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Ban the Box Laws

  • The state of Florida does not have a statewide Ban the Box law.
  • City and County Ban the Box: Jacksonville, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee and Tampa have ban the box ordinances.

Credit Reports

The state of Florida does not have restrictions on the use of employment credit reports.

Other Limitations on Screening for Employers

An applicant may lawfully deny expunged or sealed records.

Medical Marijuana

Florida does not allow the use of medical marijuana.

Social Media

There are no laws in the state of Florida that restrict or limit private employers from accessing and requesting employee/candidate log in information for personal social media accounts.

The information on this page is provided as general educational information and is not legal advice, either express or implied. Consultation with qualified legal counsel is recommended for all matters of employment law.