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Circuit Civil Division maintains the records and documentation for cases involving law suits greater than $15,000. Other types of cases handled by Circuit Civil are mortgage and lien foreclosure, medical and professional malpractice, auto negligence, contract and indebtedness, personal injury, and eminent domain.

The public may view most Circuit Civil case files unless the case has been sealed. in which case it cannot be viewed without a court order. If you require legal advice or need information not provided here, you may need to consult an attorney licensed in the State of Florida or some other qualified source such as the Florida Bar or the Law Library.

The term "probate" generally refers to the process in which a decedent's assets, or estate, are administered. There are several types of Probate proceedings, which are all filed with our office.

Whether or not an estate is required to go through Probate depends on the assets that the decedent owned at the time of his or her death. For instance, if a decedent solely owned any real property at the time of his or her death, the estate would be required to go through Probate in order to transfer title of that real property to the decedent's heirs or beneficiaries. In this type of a situation, the beneficiaries or heirs would need to seek the assistance of an attorney, as our office cannot give legal or procedural advice.

The County Civil Division maintains the records and documentation for cases involving eviction law suits, small claims and other civil law suits less than $15,000, car repair disputes, release of personal property and payment information for judgments.

Small Claims Court may hear disputes that have claims for monetary damages up to and including $5,000.00.

The Circuit Court has jurisdiction over all defendants accused of committing crimes that have been designated by the State Legislature as felonies. A felony is a criminal offense punishable by death or imprisonment in a state penitentiary. The Circuit Court also has jurisdiction over all cases in which a child is alleged to have committed a delinquent act or violation of law. A law enforcement officer files a delinquent complaint when a juvenile is alleged to have committed a felony, misdemeanor, contempt of court or violation of a local ordinance.

The County Court has jurisdiction over all defendants accused of committing crimes which have been designated as misdemeanors. A misdemeanor is a criminal offense, which is punishable by imprisonment in a county correctional facility. The County Court also has jurisdiction over criminal traffic cases. Criminal Traffic Laws which are defined by the Florida Rules of Court as a violation that may subject a defendant upon conviction to incarceration

Family Law includes, but is not limited to, matters arising from dissolution of marriage, annulment, paternity, child support, custodial care of or access to children, adoption, name change, injunctions for the protection against domestic and repeat, dating and sexual violence, and all proceedings for modification, enforcement and civil contempt of these actions.

Although child support matters are filed in the Family Division, any inquiries regarding payment of child support should be directed to the State of Florida Disbursement Unit at (877) 769-0251

For more information on the local DOR office moving to St. Augustine, please visit our New Locations for DOR and Social Security Offices page.

The Clerk is the recorder of all instruments required or authorized to be recorded in one general series of "Official Records" books.

Upon payment of the statutory fees, the Clerk records and indexes a variety of important documents which, in most cases, are related to real estate. Examples of such documents include: deeds, mortgages, liens, contracts, affidavits, subdivision plats, declarations of condominium, bills of sale, judgments, certificates of military discharge, and declarations of domicile.

The Clerk of the Circuit Court is statutorily responsible for conducting Tax Deed Sales and issuing a Tax Deed in the name of the County to the successful high bidder at a sale. Tax Deed Sales and the issuance of Tax Deeds are governed by Chapter 197, Florida Statutes. The procedure involves a Tax Certificate Holder applying for a Tax Deed through the Tax Collector. (Tax Certificates are sold to collect delinquent taxes). There is no case filed in court and no court order is issued for the Clerk to conduct a Tax Deed Sale

The Traffic Division maintains all records pertaining to Traffic, Boating, Wildlife, and Local Ordinance citations issued to persons in Putnam County. This Division also collects all fines, provides information on how to locate approved driving schools, and sets court dates for those who wish to contest their infractions.

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