Ken Burke serves as the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller for Pinellas County, Florida. Growing up in Pinellas, attending high school and college locally, plus
experience as a CPA, a law firm administrator and college board chairman, Ken’s credentials are well matched to the duties of the Clerk’s office. Recognizing his
qualifications, Pinellas County voters elected Ken to this position in November 2004. He was sworn in on January 4, 2005. He was reelected without opposition in 2008 and
Pinellas Clerk’s Self Help Center Now Offers Convenient Online Appointment Scheduling
The Clerk's Self Help Center now offers the public the opportunity to conveniently schedule attorney consultations online. With this new feature, anyone can easily schedule their attorney consultations by visiting the Clerk's Self Help Center page.
The accomplishments of this program are deeply rooted in the assistance offered to self represented litigants as they face complicated and emotionally taxing legal matters. "Our Self Help Center has become an invaluable resource for our community and this new online scheduling feature aims to further facilitate the process of helping customers navigating the legal system on their own," stated Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller.
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Florida Supreme Court's Request for Survey Assistance
The Florida Judicial Branch is seeking comments on the court system from jurors and non-attorney court users in an attempt to identify issues and trends from various perspectives. In order to accomplish this, the Florida Supreme Court is requesting that jurors and non-attorney court users (litigants, victims, witnesses, defendants, pro se filers and other individuals involved in court cases) complete the survey below by January 30, 2015.
Please click here to access the Florida Court System survey hosted by the www.flcourts.org website.
Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
On January 1, 2015, U.S. District Judge Hinkle's order provided clarity to Clerks throughout the state as to their responsibility and duty in the matter of issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s office will begin processing same-sex marriage licenses at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
Please be sure to visit our Marriage Licenses page to review important information regarding marriage application requirements. Also, please note you can now print the new forms and fill them out in advance before arriving to our office.
The locations where same-sex marriage licenses and ceremonies will be performed are as follows:
- RECORDING SERVICES DEPARTMENT
315 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
- NORTH COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
29582 U.S. 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
- CLERK'S TYRONE BRANCH OFFICE
1800 66th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
- ST. PETERSBURG BRANCH OFFICE
545 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Western Union Available for Child Support Payments
Western Union has recently unveiled the return of its Child Support Payment Services for the state of Florida for cash-only payments. This convenient service can be used at more than
2,400 outlets throughout the state and 37,000 outlets nationwide. It is also helpful for individuals who can only make payments in cash. The process is simple. Participants will need to
provide their County number, 11-digit case number and the custodial parent’s last name. Each transaction will incur a $3 Western Union Service Fee. There is a $5,000 limit on transfers.
With thousands of registered Western Union agents throughout the state, this payment service method is a convenient process. Here is a short list of participating vendors: Winn Dixie,
SunTrust, Regions, AMSCOT, Check Cashing Store, Value Pawn & Jewelry, Cash Checking USA, Suncoast Bank, Kmart, Synovus Bank, Navarros and Sedanos.
Please call 1-800-325-6000 to find a location near you and remember that payments are sent electronically with a receipt provided as proof of payment.
THE NEW PINELLAS COUNTY CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN ALL COURT AREAS
Odyssey, the new computer system that tracks civil, criminal, traffic and other court records is now online. The new system can be used by the public as well as police, prosecutors,
public defenders and others. For the public, it can be used for many tasks, including finding the date of an upcoming court hearing or learning whether a job applicant has an arrest
record in Pinellas County. The new system was praised at a recent news conference attended by Pinellas-Pasco Chief Judge Thomas McGrady, Pinellas Clerk Ken Burke, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri,
State Attorney Bernie McCabe, and Tom Bartel, a vice president of Texas-based Tyler Technologies, which developed the system. Odyssey gives the public limited access to court records,
much like the older system did, but with less confusion and clutter.
Email Scam Alert
It has been reported that citizens are receiving fraudulent emails informing them that they must appear in court. These emails may appear to originate from well known law firms and
government agencies. However, please note that they are indeed a scam intended to infect your computer through the use of attachments or links in the email.
Notices to appear in court are not sent by email from the Clerk's Office or from other agencies.
If you receive such an email, you are advised to delete it at once and disregard any attachments or links contained therein as these may spread malicious software to your computer.
Also, be careful when deciding to open emails that allegedly come from law firms which do not pertain to a relationship you already have with the firm,
as those can also be malicious in nature.
Pinellas Clerk's Office is open to accept Criminal Court E-Filings
Criminal Attorneys:Circuit Criminal
The Pinellas Clerk's Office is accepting Criminal e-filings (subsequent pleadings) for existing cases through the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal.
Attorney offices are now able to e-file their case documents and these pleadings will be processed by our Criminal Court Records department staff.
The Criminal Divisions we will be accepting electronic pleadings for are the following:
Supreme Court of Florida Order:
AOSC14-1 ELECTRONIC FILING OF CRIMINAL, JUVENILE, AND TRAFFIC CASES VIA THE FLORIDA COURTS E-FILING PORTAL
CLERK ALERT: E-Filing in Criminal Cases - The new mandatory electronic filing requirements for Criminal Traffic, Juvenile and Appeals cases to the Circuit Court will become effective today,
October 1, 2013. (Read full text.)
AOSC13-48: ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER - Electronic Filing of Criminal Cases
Notice of Section Change in Mortgage Foreclosure Cases
Notice of Forfeiture of Unclaimed Money Pursuant to Section 116.21
Order to Show Cause
Reminder from the Clerk
Please DO NOT SEND original documents to the Clerk's Office on cases which you have already e-filed.
Please disregard any instruction to the contrary that you might be seeing on the e-portal site. Pinellas County is not going through a test period where the follow up paper is required for the first 90 days as that period is already over for Pinellas. There is NOT a requirement to follow up your e-filing with paper. Please do NOT send in paper unless they are the specific documents identified in the Sixth Circuit’s e-filing A.O.
Pinellas E-File Information, including FAQ's
If you have further questions and concerns not covered in our FAQ’s please send your questions and concerns to:
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