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.
County Civil Cases (Damages up to $30,000)
County Civil Court has jurisdiction over claims up to and including $30,000. A County Civil case is any civil matter that falls within the jurisdiction of County Court. Detail may be found in Chapter 34, Florida Statutes.
Registry fees are collected at time of deposit Pursuant to Florida Statute 28.24 (10). Payable only by certified funds – cash, cashier’s check, or money order.
- First $500: 3%
- Each additional $100: 1.5%.
Filing a Complaint
When filing a complaint, please be specific in the amount of damages you are claiming (i.e., damages are greater than $2,500, but less than $8,000 or damages are greater than $8,000, but no more than $30,000). This will assist the clerk in determining whether to file the claim as a Small Claim, in which a pre-trial date will be included as part of the Small Claims Summons, or a Civil Action, in which a standard 20-day summons will be issued.
It is important to include your name, address and telephone number on every document you file with the court.
Suggestion of Bankruptcy
When filing a Suggestion of Bankruptcy over the counter, a Notice of Filing must be included.
Instructions for filing for eviction, also called a Landlord and Tenant Action.
Small claims are disputes involving money damages where the amount at issue does not exceed $8,000 excluding costs, interest and attorneys' fees.