You may complete and file an Application for Determination of Civil Indigent Status with the Clerk & Comptroller, Civil Department. If found indigent, the filing fee will be waived. If you are found not indigent, you may enter into a Payment Plan Contract. The Payment Plan Contract allows you to pay the filing fee in smaller, monthly payments. A service fee of $25 will be added upon the entrance of the Payment Plan Contract.
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A small claims case is a legal action filed in County Court to settle a claim or minor legal dispute in which demand for monies, or the value of property, does not exceed $8,000, excluding costs, interest, and attorney fees.
See the Small Claims County Filing Fees (PDF) reference for the proper fees.
The forms and documents needed to complete and/or provide to file your small claims case are: Statement of Claim and any documents relating to your case (such as: receipts, contracts, invoices, photographs, law enforcement reports, and promissory notes). For all documents you file to open your case, you must provide a copy for each defendant. The original document is maintained in the court file.
Florida Small Claims Rules permit the Clerk & Comptroller to provide general information and assistance in preparing a statement of claim and other documents needed to be filed in the action. The Clerk & Comptroller's Office will provide the necessary forms and instructions to file your claim. Please note: Florida law prohibits the Clerk & Comptroller from providing legal or financial advice.
A Writ of Garnishment is an order that allows a creditor to seize money owed to the judgment debtor by third parties
A Writ of Replevin is an order to recover personal property that has been wrongful taken or detained.