This book provides a comprehensive overview of the Florida Constitution. After briefly describing the constitution’s history (chapter 1), it organizes the constitution’s numerous subjects into five discrete units: sovereignty (chapters 2-4); citizens’ rights (chapters 5-12); government operations (chapters 13-19); public finances (chapters 20-22); and constitutional amendments (chapters 23-24). Specific sections of the constitution can be accessed quickly using the book’s finding table. The text includes more than 1,000 case citations; extensive references to primary and secondary sources; and a select bibliography.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Nutshells
Publication Date: 03/26/2020

Robert M. Jarvis, Nova Southeastern University College of Law


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“At 695 pages, Professor Robert M. Jarvis’s excellent Florida Constitutional Law in a Nutshell could be considered the coco de mer of the Nutshells series. Yet it is an interesting, even a beguiling, read…. Nearly any part of Florida Constitutional Law in a Nutshell could act as a convenient primer for a student or practitioner who wants to learn about an aspect of Florida’s constitution. What the reader will soon discover is that he or she has opened a door into what makes Florida tick.”

Read full review at Mary E. Adkins, FCL NS Book Review - 94 Fla. B.J. 51 (July-Aug. 2020)