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Welcome to the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court Website


It is our goal to provide you, the citizen, with an online resource that enables you to obtain the information desired. We hope you find this website useful and user-friendly as you navigate through its channels of information.


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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 in 2012.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Notice

Starting Friday, November 21, 2014 at 5:30p.m., access to Plat images will not be available due to a system maintenance. Access will be restored on Monday, November 24th at noon. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


Public Notice

Please be aware of a recent order signed by Judge Laughlin on 11/07/2014. To read the Order Granting Motion to Determine Confidentiality of Court Records In Accordance With Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420(c)(9)-(d) click here.


Vocational Rehabilitation Awards Pinellas Clerk for Hiring People with Disabilities

On October 31, 2014, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) recognized the Pinellas County Clerk’s office as an outstanding employer in the state of Florida for hiring persons with disabilities. The Disability Employment Awareness Celebration took place at the Hilton hotel in St. Petersburg, Fl. The celebration included several other outstanding employers who were also honored for their commitment. The event was in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness which is celebrated in October. “Being recognized in the community for our efforts to employ people with disabilities is a true honor” said Ken Burke, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller.

READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.


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.


Pinellas Clerk Extends Office Hours for Holiday Passport Acceptance Event

The busy months of the holiday season have prompted an initiative to provide additional passport acceptance hours in the Pinellas County Clerk’s office. In an effort to provide citizens with plenty of opportunities to apply for a passport, the Clerk’s office will offer extended office hours on the following two days:

  • Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Clearwater Recording Services – 315 Court St., Room 150, Clearwater, FL 33756
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Clerk’s Tyrone Branch Office – 1800 66th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710

These dates have been dedicated for the Holiday Passport Acceptance event with the goal of providing more convenient hours for the public who might not make it to the office during regular business hours.

READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.
VIEW THE HOLIDAY PASSPORT ACCEPTANCE EVENT FLYER HERE.


Sheriff's Office warns of phone scam

Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Economic Crimes Unit are warning residents of a telephone scam that informs seniors a loved one is in trouble and asks them to wire money to different locations to help the loved one. During the phone scam, the caller identifies themselves as a relative or someone trying to help a relative. At times the callers will describe the relative as being in an accident, getting arrested, needing to pay fines or a lawyer or having some sort of gambling debt which needs to be paid immediately. The caller will ask for the money to be sent to distant locations, sometimes out of the county. The suspects will then send a running with fake identification to pick up the funds, work with a collusive merchant or use other methods to avoid being caught.

PLEASE BE SURE TO READ AND SHARE THE ARTICLE FROM TAMPA BAY NEWSPAPERS.


Message Regarding Road Closures in Downtown Clearwater:

Please be informed that some of the roads surrounding the Clearwater Courthouse may be closed due to construction. A map highlighting the location of the road closures can be found by clicking here.


Important Notice:

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.


Self-Represented (Pro Se) Litigants may now e-file

Beginning Saturday, June 21, 2014, Pro Se litigants may e-file through the statewide portal. Pro se litigants wishing to e-file must set up a user name and password through the portal. They must agree to accept e-service of pleadings once registered.

For more information, please visit our Pro Se e-Filing page.


FDOT warns of potential fraud involving collection of unpaid tolls

Officials with the Florida Department of Transportation issued a public warning asking people to be wary of any attempt made by a company calling itself TOLL ENFORCEMENT LLC to collect unpaid tolls. “FDOT is aware of a letter that is being circulated by TOLL ENFORCEMENT, LLC that says ‘Final Warning Notice’ and proceeds to ask the recipient to immediately pay outstanding toll amounts, plus a fee of $50.00, with a cashier’s check or money order.”

FDOT does not do business with any company by the name of TOLL ENFORCEMENT, LLC, and has posted a fraud alert on the Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise website, the SunPass Website and the Toll-By-Plate website.

Please be sure to read and share the Press Release distributed by the FDOT.


Beware of Lieutenant Scam

Several reports have been made about citizens getting calls from a subject posing as a Lieutenant. The caller informs the victim that a warrant has been issued for their arrest as a result of failing to appear for jury duty. The caller then demands the victim to purchase a debit card or green dot card to pay for the fines or face being arrested.

Detectives warn residents to beware of this phone scam and remind residents that the Sheriff's Office would not call persons with outstanding warrants and would not require a fine payment from persons with outstanding warrants via a prepaid or green dot card, or any other third party vendor.

Please be sure to read and share the article from Tampa Bay Newspapers.


Pinellas Clerk's Office is open to accept Criminal Court E-Filings

Criminal Attorneys:
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:

  • Circuit Criminal
  • County Criminal
  • Criminal Traffic
  • Civil Traffic
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • 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
    Electronic Filing

    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:
    CivilEfiling@pinellascounty.org



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