Updated Administrative Orders
- AO 12.511 Restricting Certain Visitors to the Courthouse
- AO 12.510 Mitigating Measures in Response to COVID-19
Updated 03/26/2020 10:00 AM
All Clerk & Comptroller in-person, non-essential services are suspended at this time.
The Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County has suspended in-person, non-essential services, consistent with the executive order issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis for Palm Beach County to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.
Clerk & Comptroller employees are still working to support Palm Beach County and the 15th Judicial Circuit. Clerks will continue to serve customers in person who have essential business with the courts, as outlined in Administrative Order 12.510, including:
- Injunctions for cases of domestic violence, repeat violence, sexual violence, stalking or prevention of child abuse
- Marchman and Baker Act proceedings
- Emergency temporary guardian
- Judicial waivers
- Petitions for risk protection orders
- First appearance hearings
Please note that our Royal Palm Beach office at the Midwestern Communities Service Center does not perform any of these essential functions and therefore will be entirely closed to the public.
Marriage licenses will be issued by appointment only on Mondays through Thursdays at our offices in Palm Beach Gardens and Delray Beach. Couples must come into the office with required proof of identification and marriage license application completed. Call (561) 624-6650 to make an appointment.
For all other services, please use our website or call 561-355-2996 for assistance.
- Pay a traffic ticket
- Get on a payment plan for traffic, criminal or misdemeanor case
- Pay child support
- Electronically record mortgages, deeds and other official records, or record documents by mail
- File court documents
- Postpone your jury service
- Search records
- View your court case online, including court dates
Civil infraction traffic court hearings are temporarily suspended through and including May 1, 2020. If you had a traffic infraction court hearing scheduled between March 18, 2020 through May 1, 2020, you will receive a new notice of hearing scheduling your court date after May 1, 2020. If you have changed your address in the interim, you must immediately provide the Clerk of your new address in writing. If you do not receive a new notice of hearing for the rescheduled date by April 17, 2020, you must call the Clerk at (561) 355-2994 to obtain your new court date.
All grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials remain suspended until April 17.
All scheduled foreclosure sales are hereby cancelled up to and including May 1, 2020.
Representing Yourself in Court? Register to E-File
Self-represented litigants are encouraged to register with the Florida Courts e-Filing Portal, a free service that allows parties to file documents and pleadings online, as well as receive electronic communications from the courts about their cases. Learn how to get starting using the E-Filing portal.
For court updates, visit the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit's website or call the 15th Circuit's hotline at 561-233-0344.
- All grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials remain suspended until April 17.
- Non-essential court proceedings will be suspended beginning March 18, 2020 through the end of business on May 1, 2020, unless the presiding judicial officer determines that the matter may be effectively conducted remotely with all parties using communication equipment. For more information, see AO 12.510.
- Self-Service Center DIY in Court Workshops are canceled. Recordings of previous workshops may be viewed on our YouTube channel.
- Passport Day, scheduled for Saturday, March 21, has been canceled. A makeup date for the event has not been set. See passport information.
- The "Marry Me in Palm Beach Style!" contest has been canceled. More information about getting married in the Lilly Pulitzer-Designed marriage room will be available at a later date.
Palm Beach County Information
For Palm Beach County information, including emergency orders about what businesses are ordered to close, please visit the County's coronavirus website.
Message from Clerk Bock:
With coronavirus COVID-19 dominating the world news, please know that my focus is on your safety and the safety of my employees. We plan for emergencies such as this, balancing safety with continuing to provide services to our community.
Many of the services we provide in our offices are available online. Visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com to learn how you can:
- Pay a traffic ticket online or by phone;
- Electronically record mortgages, deeds and other official records;
- File court documents electronically; and,
- Postpone your jury service.
As this situation continues to evolve, my leadership team and I are working diligently with our Palm Beach County government and justice partners on our response to coronavirus. Should coronavirus require any changes to our daily operations, we will share news on our website at www.mypalmbeachclerk.com, through our Facebook and Twitter channels, and by email alert.
Stay safe! We are here, working hard to ensure you continue to receive the exceptional service you have come to expect.
Sharon R. Bock
Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County