Differences Between Trial Court and Appeal Court in Florida

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Ted Doran
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Attorney Ted Doran serves as senior partner at the law firm of Doran Sims Wolfe & Ciocchetti in Daytona Beach, Florida. An alumnus of the University of Florida College of Law with extensive experience in civil litigation, Ted Doran has represented multiple government agencies in major cases. As the attorney for the Volusia County school board, Mr. Doran represented the school district in a case on school funding heard before Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit Court and the First District Court of Appeal.

Also called courts of general jurisdiction, Florida Circuit Courts use a two-tiered system of lower county courts and higher circuit courts. These courts are where cases originate and only affect the individuals directly involved in the case. Since they also hear appeals from county court cases, Florida Circuit Courts are the lowermost appellate court and the uppermost trial court in the state.

A Court of Appeal, sometimes referred to as an appellate court, reviews cases decided by lower trial courts. In Florida, there are five district Courts of Appeal that are responsible for ensuring that no errors in judgment occur. In a court of appeals case, a panel of judges reviews the lower court case and determines whether the lower court reached the right decision.

Since Court of Appeal cases set a precedent on the interpretation and application of law, they have the potential to affect many people. The ultimate court in the state is the Florida Supreme Court.


Volusia County – A Place to Establish a Business


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Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation
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Practicing law in Daytona Beach, Florida, attorney Ted Doran handles cases in a variety of practice areas at Doran, Sims, Wolfe & Ciocchetti. An active member of his community apart from dispatching his professional obligations, Ted Doran is a founding member of Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation (TVEDC).

TVEDC focuses on promoting Volusia County, which is situated on the northeastern coast of Florida. Made up of 16 cities, the county spans 1,200 square miles and offers numerous opportunities for prospective businesses.

With more than half a million citizens, its population can support a variety of industries. In the technology sector, the county takes part in the Central Florida High Tech Corridor (CFHTC). CFHTC advocates for the growth of high-tech companies, ranging from agritechnology to sustainable energy. Together, Volusia County and CFHTC improve the local economy.

The area is also home to more than 400 manufacturers. Manufacturers enjoy a 65-mile stretch of highway as well as an educated and skilled workforce, which can meet the demands of an advanced manufacturing environment. Further, business owners are eligible to apply for state and local incentives.

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools Improves Education

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FUTURES Foundation
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Florida attorney Ted Doran practices family law and civil litigation at Doran, Sims, Wolfe & Ciocchetti in Daytona Beach. Ted Doran also serves as School Board Attorney for Volusia County Schools. Ted Doran’s passion for public education facilitated in the forming of the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools.

The FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools was established more than three decades ago. The group connects businesses and community leaders with public schools in an effort to enhance its educational programs. Its programs consist of breakfasts that welcome new teachers, awards that recognize academic professionals, and a school matching grant program.

The latter, also known as the School District Education Foundation, utilizes funds from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations to match money raised by public schools. In 2015, the program awarded more than $80,000, which was applied to initiatives impacting literacy and STEM education as well as teacher quality and graduation rates. Further, programs improving low performance among students were eligible for funding. Award recipients were matched dollar for dollar.