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10. What is the difference between a final and nonfinal order for purposes of appeal?

The law is filled with exceptions. Here are more. Final orders in Florida are generally those orders entered at the end of the case and there is no more of what’s called “judicial labor” required. That definition of finality is a little different in federal appeals, but there are still some land mines out there. In Florida courts, however, finality is another way of saying the Judge entered a final judgment and there’s nothing more for the Judge to do in the main part of the case. A Non-Final Order, by contrast, is an Order at the trial level that terminates key claims or issues in a case. And those orders may be the kinds of orders that the appellate rules say you can still appeal. Again, it’s very helpful to have a qualified appellate attorney review the orders as soon as possible that you either want to appeal or defend in an appeal. 

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