Does a search warrant only have to have a judge’s signature on it with the warrant referring everything to information on the application for the warrant?

A search warrant was issued for a residence there is nothing on the search warrant except judges signature everything else refers back to information in application for warrant which a copy of that wasn’t left at place executed is this legal? How do I get copy of application of warrant?

Asked on November 28, 2011 under Criminal Law, Florida


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Typically, the search warrant issued by the judge must be signed by the judge, dated, be specific as to the place to be searched and set forth a specific time period for the search warrant. Typically, a search warrant has to be quite specific for its issuance.

The search warrant that you are writing about could incorporate the application's facts by reference in support of its issuance.

You cannot get a copy of the application for the search warrant until after a criminal action is filed. Prior to then, the search warrant and its application is not a public record.

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