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Duties of the Clerk's Office

Among the duties of the Clerk's Office:

  • Attending and supporting Court hearings and trials
  • Filing of indictments, information, and verdicts
  • Processing all civil and criminal cases
  • Serving as the intake for domestic violence petititions
  • Preparation of appellate records
  • Jury service management
  • Collection and disbursement of fines, court costs, forfeitures, fees, and various service charges
  • Conducting mortgage foreclosure sales
  • Maintaining custody of all evidence and exhibits entered by the courts
  • Issuing process service documents
  • Maintaining the court registry
  • Recording and indexing of deeds, mortgages, and descriptions of all county property
  • Processing of tax deed applications
  • Conducting tax deed sales
  • Recording of public defender liens and judgments entered by the courts
  • Recording of tax liens, claims against an estate, instruments of conveyance, agreements, contracts, maps, plats of subdivisions, and surveys
  • Maintenance of a public records library
  • Collection and disbursement of documentary stamp monies
  • Issuance and recording of marriage license applications
  • Compilation of statistical data for state agencies and the judiciary
  • Maintenance of record storage systems and facilities
  • Processing of passport applications

There are many other duties, some based in Florida law and others established by both Supreme Court and local court rules. In fact, the Clerk has over 1,000 statutory duties it is required to perform by state law!

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