Effective Jan. 1, 2020, county court jurisdictional thresholds increased to $30,000, and small claims cases now include cases up to $8,000. Filing fees remain the same. Filers are now required to include an updated civil cover sheet (effective 1/1/20) specifying the dollar amount in dispute in cases exceeding $8,000 in value. The changes also require prevailing parties in a Circuit or County Civil case to file a final disposition form.
Circuit Civil Cases (Damages over $30,000)
Circuit Civil cases are non-criminal cases in which individuals or businesses sue for damages exceeding $30,000. Cases involving claims of $30,000 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.
Suggestion of Bankruptcy
When filing a Suggestion of Bankruptcy over the counter, a Notice of Filing must be included.
Pursuant to the Uniform Interstate Deposition and Discovery Act, parties requesting that the clerk issue a subpoena for a foreign case should submit the following to the Clerk’s Circuit Civil Division:
- Notice of Taking Deposition or for Production of Documents
- A copy of the foreign subpoena
- An unissued Florida-styled subpoena that incorporates the terms used in the foreign subpoena and contains the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all counsel of record and any party not represented by counsel in the proceeding.
- $7 fee made payable to Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County.
Letters Rogatory or Commissions from the foreign court are no longer required.
Please use one of the following Florida-styled subpoenas for your submission:
- Subpoena for Deposition
- Subpoena Duces Tecum (for production of documents without appearance)
- Subpoena Duces Tecum (for production of documents with appearance for deposition)
- Subpoena for Inspection of Premises
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