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.
Committed to Customer Service Excellence!
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
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Couples Registration Now Open for Clerk’s 9th Annual Valentine’s Day Group Wedding at Florida Botanical Gardens
Registration is now open for the Clerk’s 9th Annual Valentine’s Day Group Wedding. Up to fifty couples are expected to be joined together for one group wedding ceremony on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, 2015 in the romantic and picturesque Wedding Garden of the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
A single ceremony will unite all couples in attendance. As part of the ceremony, the couples will be treated to a beautiful poem written by Myriam Irizarry, Chief Deputy Director of the Clerk’s Office, followed by musical serenades complimenting the beauty of the occasion. The couples and their guests will celebrate with wedding cake and refreshments provided by local sponsors. The Clerk has waived the normal $30 fee to perform the marriage. Standard marriage license fees will still apply.
READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.
VIEW THE VALENTINE'S DAY GROUP WEDDING EVENT FLYER HERE.
Pinellas Clerk honored with John E. Stross “Victory Over Violence” Award
On December 9, 2014, Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA) hosted their 18th Annual Peace Breakfast which is widely regarded as their signature event. CASA honored Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Ken Burke with the John E. Stross “Victory Over Violence” award in appreciation of his domestic violence advocacy. The award is named after the late John E. Stross, a longtime CASA supporter who passed away in May. The event included several inspirational keynote speakers, all speaking from the heart, highlighting the importance of working together to help domestic violence victims feel safe.
READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.
Please be aware of two recent orders.
To read the Probate Order Granting Motion to Determine Confidentiality of Court Records In Accordance With Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420(c)(9)-(d) click here.
To read the Circuit Civil Order Granting Motion to Determine Confidentiality of Court Records In Accordance With Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420(c)(9) 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.
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.
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
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: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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