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Civil Court Records Appeals



Effective June 1, 2009, new Circuit Civil Court fees available here.

Effective July 1, 2009, new County Civil Court fees available here.

An appeal of a lower court decision is a legal process by which a higher court is asked to review the trial court's record and rule on the legal issues raised by the appellant, the person filing the appeal. All other parties in the case are the appellees.

Any party to the case may file an appeal. A Civil case appeal (Small Claims, County Civil, Circuit Civil or Family) must follow the Florida Rules of Court Appellate Rule 9.200 for the Record, 9.210 for the brief and 9.900 for the forms.

Small Claims and County Court cases are appealed to the Circuit Court.
Circuit Court and Family Division cases are appealed to the 2nd District Court of Appeals.

The Florida Bar Pro-se handbook for doing your own appeal may be found at
www.flabarappellate.org/asp/pro_sehandbook.asp.

Requirements to File an Appeal:

A Notice of Appeal must be filed with the Clerk within 30 days from the date the judgment or order being appealed is filed with the Clerk and must be in the form prescribed by Florida Rules of Court, Appellate Procedures, found in Rule 9.900. The following is also required to be filed at the same time with the Notice of Appeal:

Small Claims and County Civil cases:

  • Original Notice of Appeal with attached copy of order or judgment being appealed.
  • Fees made payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court:** (Fees can be paid through the e-portal or by mail)
    • Filing Fee
    • Per page fee for copying notice of appeal (including any attachment pages submitted)
    • Certification of copy fee (for the Notice of Appeal for Appellate Court)
A current "Schedule of Service Charges" is available on this website, as well as in any Clerks Office for your information.

Family and Circuit Civil cases:

  • Original Notice of Appeal with attached copy of order or judgment being appealed
  • Fees:**
    • Filing Fee in the form of a check or money order payable to the 2nd District Court of Appeals

    • The following fees are payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court:
    • Filing Fee
    • Per page fee for copying notice of appeal (including any attachment pages submitted)
    • Certification of copy fee (for the Notice of Appeal for Appellate Court)
A current "Schedule of Service Charges" is available on this website, as well as in any Clerks Office for your information.

** Please note: Pursuant to Florida Statute 28.24, the appellant will also be billed a service charge upon preparation of the Record on Appeal on a final order as follows:

A per instrument fee submitted in the Record, A fee for certification, plus postage if the prepared record is to be mailed to the 2nd District Court of Appeals. Payment for these service charges is required to be made before the Record on Appeal will be submitted to the Court. Failure to pay these fees may result in a dismissal of your appeal.

The Clerk will not prepare a record on a non final order unless directed by the Court to do so. Directions to the Clerk, stating which documents are desired to be included in the Record of Appeal, must be filed within 10 days after the filing of the Notice of Appeal or Appellate Rules 9.200 will be followed when preparing the Record.

There are no hearings in the Appellate Division. All cases are reviewed through the filing of briefs as per Florida Rule of Appellate Procedures 9.210.

If appealing a Circuit Civil or Family case please submit briefs directly to the 2nd District Court of Appeals, PO Box 327, Lakeland, FL 33802-0327.

If appealing a Small Claims or County Civil case please submit briefs to the Clerk of the Circuit Court, 315 Court Street Room 170, Clearwater, FL 33756.

Other Appeals Filed in Civil Court

Writs of Certiorari, Writs of Mandamus, Writs of Prohibition and Administrative Appeals are also filed in Civil Court.
  • These are orders appealed from County, State or Municipal Agency Divisions
  • The Circuit Court of Appeal reviews these appeals prescribed by Florida Rules of Court 9.030
  • Filing Fees

Where to file and/or get more information:

Please contact: Civil Court Records
315 Court Street, Room 170
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 464-7000

Questions regarding Probate case appeals contact:
Probate Court Records
315 Court Street, Room 106
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 464-7000

Questions regarding Criminal, Juvenile or Traffic appeals contact:
Criminal Court Records
14250 49th Street North
Clearwater, FL 33762
(727) 464-7000

Links:

2nd District Court of Appeals
Florida Rules of Appellate Procedures (75 page PDF document)

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