The Court Services Division processes over a million documents per year. We handle the paperwork for cases involving child custody and support, adoptions, divorces, other circuit civil related matters, probate of wills, guardianship, mental health, juvenile and felony cases filed in Circuit Court. We also process the paperwork for county civil, small claims, landlord/tenant, misdemeanor, traffic infraction and criminal traffic cases filed in County Court. Court Services manages the jury system used in both County and Circuit Court. This Division handles all court files and evidence as well. Finally, the Court Services Division receives payments for fines, court costs, public defender fees, child support, and restitution as ordered by the Court.
Jury ServiceJurors are currently selected at random from a list provided by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The list, or venire, is made up of qualified motorists 18 years of age or older or individuals 18 years of age or older who hold Florida identification cards. Access Jury Services
For more information on the judicial assignments for both Circuit and County Court sections in Dade City and New Port Richey, and for information on Court locations and Judge phone numbers in the Sixth Judicial Circuit. Judicial Assignments Judges Phone numbers
Court Records SearchMany court documents, such as Final Judgments, Lis Pendens, and others, are recorded in the Official Records. Searching by party name in the Official Records will enable viewing of these documents going back to 1990 (see the Court Documents – Recorded section below). For many years this was the only method for the public to remotely view court-related documents. However, the Florida Supreme Court has recently updated its rules to allow remote viewing of additional court documents over the internet by the public. Use the Court Records Search link below to search court records and view available documents. Read More
Court Records Search Case Section/Division Lookup Wills on Deposit Search by Name Mental Health Case Search
Orders Sealing Non Criminal Court Records. View Orders
Court Records Search (Classic View)The Classic View has the look and feel of the previous Court Records Search. It returns Case Status, Party Information, and Case Events for Civil, Family, Probate, and Guardianship. Documents are not included. This search is powered through a separate technology stack, therefore, it will usually be available during periods when the new Court Record Search, which includes documents, is undergoing maintenance.
Classic View Search by Case Number Classic View Search by Name
Court Records – RecordedThe newest Courts Records Search includes court documents (see above). However, for many case types available documents are limited to filings from 2013 forward when eFiling became mandatory in civil cases. For older cases many court documents can be found in Official Records. The Official Records system contains property related records such as deeds, mortgages, and liens. Florida Statute also designates many court documents to be recorded in Official Records, such as final judgments and Lis Pendens. Recorded property and court documents are searchable by name and available for viewing going back to 1990.
Official Records Search
Court Records – Viewing Paper FilesThe Clerk & Comptroller is required by law to keep all documents and evidence filed and submitted for all court proceedings. Pursuant to this mandate the Clerk & Comptroller's Office maintains two Records Centers that house all open and closed court records and related evidence.
For more information on how to view court files at the Courthouse, hours and locations. Viewing Paper Files
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Attorney Represented or Self Represented (Pro Se)The Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, Florida Statutes, Local Rules of Court, Administrative Orders and other local judicial requirements govern civil actions. For these types of actions, it is recommended that you contact a local attorney to file and process your case for you. However, you do have the right to represent yourself, and if you choose to do so, you must be responsible for knowing and following all legal requirements and procedures. Otherwise, your case may be delayed or dismissed by the Court if all matters are not completed appropriately.
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Court Appointed Attorney StandardsPursuant to Administrative Order 2016-022 PA/PI-CIR , Re: Court Appointed Attorney Standards & Due Process Costs, the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court was directed to publish the name and phone numbers of a point of contact for attorneys to notify of changes in their phone number, availability or status.
For your convenience, the points of contact are:
Kimberly Thompson (727) 847-2411 Ext: 8747
Carol Condry (727) 847-2411 Ext: 8707
Catalina Manriquez (727) 847-2411 Ext: 4623
Julie Hancock (727) 847-2411 Ext: 2581
The Civil Department maintains general civil cases which are actions that have been filed by an individual or a business, against another person or business. County Court has jurisdiction in cases up to $15,000. Circuit Court has jurisdiction in cases greater than $15,000. Approved Process Servers
ForeclosuresActions to foreclose a lien on real property are filed as a General Civil case, either in Circuit Court or County Court depending upon the amount owed. Read More
Landlord/Tenant EvictionsA residential landlord/tenant action applies to the rental of non-commercial dwelling units with or without a rental agreement. It involves an action filed by a landlord against a tenant or a tenant against a landlord for common disputes dealing with payment of rent and/or non-compliance or breach of a lease or rental agreement. Chapter 83 of the Florida Statutes provides general information on landlord/tenant actions. Landlord actions typically involve non-payment of rent and recovering possession of the rental property. You should carefully review this section of the law before starting any legal action. Read More
Small ClaimsA Small Claims case is a legal action filed in County Court in order to settle a claim or minor legal dispute in which demand for monies or the value of property does not exceed $5,000 excluding costs, interest and attorney fees. Small Claims Court is less formal than other types of courts and parties usually represent themselves. However, if your case is complex you may want to consider obtaining legal counsel. Read More
EstatesA probate action is necessary whenever a deceased person leaves titled assets in his/her name alone. A petition for probate may be filed that allows distribution of the decedent's assets. The Court oversees the estate to make sure debts are paid and proper distribution is made. Read More
GuardianshipsGuardianships are filed on behalf of:
- incapacitated persons
- developmentally disabled individuals, pursuant to Florida Statutes Chapter 393
Mental HealthFlorida Statutes 394.451 Short title.-Known as "The Florida Mental Health Act" or " The Baker Act."
The Mental Health area of the Probate Department maintains the records on involuntary procedures related to:
- mental illness
- developmentally disabled
- adult protective services
- substance abuse
- adjudication of incapacitated persons
- restoration of capacity for persons having previously been declared incapacitated
- pre-need guardians
Electronic FilingElectronic Filing with the Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller is mandated pursuant to AO 2005-065 PA-CIR for all filings in new cases, proceedings, matters and actions pertaining to the probate of estates, the administration of guardianships, and incapacity proceedings. Read More
The Family Law Court is the area dealing with family relations including divorce, adoption, paternity, custody, support, and protective injunctions.
Child SupportThe Clerk & Comptroller maintains the official payment records for all Pasco County domestic relations support and alimony cases. The amount of support, frequency of payment, (weekly, monthly, etc), beginning date of payments and to whom it is to be paid is determined by order of the Court. In many cases an income deduction order is entered and the employer sends in payment on behalf of the payor. Read More
Dissolution of MarriageTo obtain a Dissolution of Marriage in the State of Florida, at least one of the partners must have been a resident of this State for a minimum of 6 months prior to filing for divorce. You are not required to be a resident of the county where you file the case. There are two types of Dissolution of Marriage cases: Regular, and Simplified. When you file a Dissolution case, it becomes public record and the information is available to the general public. Newspapers or other media, in accordance with their policies, may choose to publish this information. Read More
Florida Putative Father RegistryFlorida Statutes, Sections 63.053 and 63.054, provides an "unmarried biological father" the opportunity to assert his claim of paternity by filing the Florida Putative Father Claim of Paternity form. Read More
Protective InjunctionsProtective Injunctions are available for domestic, repeat, dating, and sexual violence.
Unified Family CourtThe Unified Family Court Program (UFC) is a special grant funded project in the Pasco County Court System dedicated to the proposition of:
- One family
- One judge
- One courthouse location
TrafficThe Traffic Department maintains all records pertaining to traffic citations issued to persons in Pasco County. We also collect all fines, assist those who elect to attend a driver improvement course, and set court dates for those who wish to contest an infraction violation. Read More
Felony and MisdemeanorFelony cases are crimes of a more serious nature, punishable by death or imprisonment for more than one year. There are 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree felonies with different penalties for each degree.
Immobilization AgenciesThe Clerk & Comptroller maintains a list of names and telephone numbers of all immobilization agencies that have filed an approved Affidavit. Immobilization Agencies
JuvenileThe Juvenile department handles all cases heard on behalf of or against a minor who falls under the statutory age limit of 18 years. Juvenile cases are categorized as follows: Read More
AppealsRule 9 of the Florida Rules of Procedure
governs the appeal process.
- Circuit Courts review by appeal the orders of lower tribunals, otherwise known as
- District Courts of Appeal review by appeal:
- Final orders of trial courts not directly reviewable by the Supreme Court or a Circuit Court
- Non-final orders of Circuit
- The Supreme Court reviews by appeal final orders of courts imposing death sentences and decisions of the state courts that declare invalid any statutes or provisions of the state constitution.