Section 18.20, Florida Statutes 2001
18.20 Treasurer to make reproductions of certain warrants, records, and documents.--
(1) All vouchers or checks heretofore or hereafter drawn by appropriate court officials of the several counties of the state against money deposited with the Treasurer under the provisions of 1s. 43.17, and paid by the Treasurer, may be photographed, microphotographed, or reproduced on film by the Treasurer. Such photographic film shall be durable material and the device used to so reproduce such warrants, vouchers, or checks shall be one which accurately reproduces the originals thereof in all detail; and such photographs, microphotographs, or reproductions on film shall be placed in conveniently accessible and identified files and shall be preserved by the Treasurer as a part of the permanent records of office. When any such warrants, vouchers, or checks have been so photographed, microphotographed, or reproduced on film, and the photographs, microphotographs, or reproductions on film thereof have been placed in files as a part of the permanent records of the office of the Treasurer as aforesaid, the Treasurer is authorized to return such warrants, vouchers, or checks to the offices of the respective county officials who drew the same and such warrants, vouchers, or checks shall be retained and preserved in such offices to which returned as a part of the permanent records of such offices.
(2) Such photographs, microphotographs, or reproductions on film of said warrants, vouchers, or checks shall be deemed to be original records for all purposes; and any copy or reproduction thereof made from such original film, duly certified by the Treasurer as a true and correct copy or reproduction made from such film, shall be deemed to be a transcript, exemplification or certified copy of the original warrant, voucher, or check such copy represents, and shall in all cases and in all courts and places be admitted and received in evidence with the like force and effect as the original thereof might be.
(3) The Treasurer is also hereby authorized to photograph, microphotograph, or reproduce on film, all records and documents of said office, as the Treasurer may, in his or her discretion, select; and said Treasurer is hereby authorized to destroy any of the said documents or records after they have been photographed and filed and after audit of the Treasurer's office has been completed for the period embracing the dates of said documents and records.
(4) Photographs or microphotographs in the form of film or prints of any records made in compliance with the provisions of this section shall have the same force and effect as the originals thereof would have, and shall be treated as originals for the purpose of their admissibility in evidence. Duly certified or authenticated reproductions of such photographs or microphotographs shall be admitted in evidence equally with the original photographs or microphotographs.
History.--ss. 1, 2, ch. 22704, 1945; s. 9, ch. 29615, 1955; s. 1, ch. 57-36; s. 76, ch. 95-147.
1Note.--Repealed by s. 2, ch. 73-282.