Offices Closed for All In-Person, Non-Essential Services
Our offices are closed for non-essential, in-person services. We cannot accept filings in person at this time. Self-represented litigants may file documents electronically or mail them to the appropriate department. Attorneys must e-File.
Representing Yourself in Court? Register to E-File or Mail in Documents
If you are representing yourself in court, you can choose to file documents electronically or by mail. Registering for the E-Filing portal allows you to file documents and pleadings online, as well as receive electronic communications from the courts about your cases. Learn how to get starting using the E-Filing portal, or see instructions for mailing documents to be filed.
Attorneys are required to E-File.
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.