Section 443.151(4)(e), Florida Statutes, provides that an appeal of a Commission final order may be filed directly with the Commission or in the district court of appeal in the appellate district in which the claimant resides or the Florida district court in the appellate district where the job separation arose.
The judicial appeal is initiated by filing a Notice of Appeal with the Commission or with the appropriate court within 30 calendar-days after the date the Commission's order was mailed, in accordance with the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure. Court rules do NOT authorize the filing of an appeal by fax. You cannot appeal a Commission order to a District Court of Appeal on this website or the website maintained by the Office of Appeals. The Commission is a party to any appeal involving a Commission order and will defend its order in court.
An appeal to court will not involve a new or additional hearing, nor is it another opportunity to present evidence. While a District Court of Appeal performs a similar review function to that performed by the Commission, court rules require the party filing the appeal to actively prosecute the appeal before the court in accordance with the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure. The party filing the appeal carries the burden of demonstrating to the court through a "brief" that the decision on appeal is legally unsupported or incorrect. The following is a list of the five Florida District Courts of Appeal.
For additional information on filing an appeal of an Order of the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission, you may go to the web site of the applicable district court of appeal.
Florida District Courts of Appeal
Florida First District Court of Appeal
2000 Drayton Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0950
Telephone: (850) 488-6151
Florida First DCA
Florida Second District Court of Appeal
P.O. Box 327
Lakeland, Florida 33801
Telephone: (863) 499-2290
Florida Second DCA
Florida Third District Court of Appeal
2001 S.W. 117 Ave.
Miami, Florida 33175-1716
Telephone: (305) 229-3200
Florida Third DCA
Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal
1525 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Telephone: (561) 242-2000
Florida Fourth DCA
Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal
300 South Beach Street
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
Telephone: (386) 947-1530
Florida Fifth DCA