Circuit Civil Cases (Damages over $15,000)
Circuit Civil cases are non-criminal cases in which individuals or businesses sue for damages exceeding $15,000. Cases involving claims of $15,000 or less are under the jurisdiction of the County Civil Courts.
Examples of Circuit Civil lawsuits include bond validations, car bonds, personal property bonds, declaratory judgments, ejectment, eminent domain, injunctions, petitions, quiet title, replevin, and tax-related cases such as contest of tax assessments, enforcement of a tax warrant and IRS liens.
The Circuit Civil Department also handles:
For information about the courts, including but not limited to setting hearings and judicial schedules, please visit the 15th Judicial Circuit’s webpage.
Car Bonds (F.S. 559.917)
This process may be used to assist someone who has been given a price for automobile repair work, and was then charged a higher rate when the work was completed.
- A cash bond, in the form of cash or a cashier’s check payable to Sharon R. Bock, Clerk & Comptroller, must be posted with the Clerk & Comptroller’s office for the invoice amount.
- A certificate will be issued to the customer to enable the customer to retrieve their vehicle.
- The shop owner will have 60 days to file a petition to obtain payment for said repairs.
- There is no filing fee for this procedure.
Ejectment (F.S. Chapter 66)
A petition for ejectment may be filed when an adult person will not voluntarily vacate your home. This process may be used to remove a person or persons who do not hold title to that property.
Contact the Circuit Civil Department
The Circuit Civil department is open Monday-Friday (except designated holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
205 N. Dixie Hwy.
3rd Floor, Room 3.23
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
P.O. Box 4667
West Palm Beach, FL 33402-4667