Under Florida Law, What Must be Contained in a Pleading Which Sets Forth a Claim for Relief?

Rule 1.110(b) of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure provides that a pleading which sets forth a claim for relief, whether an original claim, counterclaim, crossclaim, or third-party claim, must state a cause of action and contain:

  • a short and plain statement of the grounds upon which the court's jurisdiction depends, unless the court already has jurisdiction and the claim needs no new grounds of jurisdiction to support it;
  • a short and plain statement of the ultimate facts showing that the pleader is entitled to relief; and
  • a demand for judgment for the relief to which the pleader deems himself or herself entitled. 

Relief in the alternative or of several different types may be demanded. Every complaint shall be considered to demand general relief.

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