Florida Governor OKs Bill To Prohibit Use Of Foreign Law

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News
UPDATED: May 12, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is becoming the eighth state to outlaw the use of foreign law in the state's courts under a bill signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott signed the measure (SB 386) on Monday.

It would prohibit judges from applying from applying foreign laws in cases involving family law, including divorce, alimony, child support and child custody.

It would also prevent some judgments from foreign courts to be considered in state courts.

The measure does not single out specific religions but critics said the law is intended to target a specific form of law called Shariah that is practiced in courts in some Muslim countries.

News Release: Associated Press News


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is moving one step closer to becoming the eighth state to enact a bill prohibiting the use of foreign law by the state's court.

The measure (SB 386) passed the Senate on Monday with a 24 to 14 vote.

Some opponents of the bill feel the action is aimed at preventing the applicability of Shariah law, which is used to govern in courts of Muslim countries, although the measure's language does not single out any individual form of foreign law.

Proponents say it protects and ensures the use of U.S. law in state courts.

Lawmakers and lawyers in other states have debated the necessity of such laws, with some insisting that no court would use the law of a foreign court over Constitutional law.

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