County Civil /Circuit Civil / Probate Division

 

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.
 
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.
 

 

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