Section 497.117, Florida Statutes 2001
497.117 Legal and investigative services.--
(1) The Department of Legal Affairs shall provide legal services to the board within the Department of Banking and Finance, but the primary responsibility of the Department of Legal Affairs shall be to represent the interests of the citizens of the state by vigorously counseling the board with respect to its obligations under the laws of the state. Subject to the prior approval of the Attorney General, the board may retain independent legal counsel to provide legal advice to the board on a specific matter. Fees and costs of such counsel shall be paid from the Regulatory Trust Fund of the Department of Banking and Finance.
(2) The Department of Banking and Finance may employ or utilize the legal services of outside counsel and the investigative services of outside personnel. However, no attorney employed or utilized by the department shall prosecute a matter or provide legal services to the board with respect to the same matter.
History.--s. 49, ch. 93-399; s. 4, ch. 2000-195.