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Florida Court System

Florida Court System

The state court system is comprised of the Florida Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, Circuit Courts and County Courts. Each type of court supports a specific function of the justice system. This state also has The Office of the State Courts Administrators (OSCA) which is the administrative order of the judicial system.

Supreme Court
District Courts of Appeal
Circuit Court
County Court

Court Records That are not Open to the Public

FL has an online public docket area on the judicial branch’s website where users can search for court documents via electronic access. The searches are for the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal only. They do not supply links to search trial records online. Patrons would need to visit the court clerk's office in person to obtain copies of publicly available records. Typically, sealed, expunged and juvenile records are not open to the general public. Federal and Florida laws also prohibit personal details from being included in court documents accessed by the public. Things like social security numbers, corporate trade secrets, children’s names, bank accounts, and taxpayer IDs are some examples of information that will be redacted from official records.

Court Case Filing Information 

Filing Information

This state has a dedicated website called My Florida Court Access where plaintiffs, defendants, and attorneys can file case files electronically for their cases. You must be a registered user and log in before using the public access system. The justice department website has explicit instructions on statewide standards for electronic filing of case records. They encourage new users to read it in full before using the system. If anyone has questions, they can contact the courthouse clerk's office.

Additionally, the Judicial Branch website offers dozens of downloadable forms for users to file manually with the specific court. Most of these are for self-represented litigants. There is even a section for the FL Statutes and Rules of Court and information about ada clients. They offer an email address, mailing address, and phone number for support and help if needed.

Search Florida Court Records Online

Try the Infotracer search tool to perform a case search for FL public records within minutes! The Florida Public Records Act Fla. Stat. § 119.011(11) allows anyone to access thousands of case types in the state by case number from the largest three counties of Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County or the entire state. The Infotracer search tool is a massive database including criminal records, family records like divorces and marriages, bankruptcies, civil disputes, business legal issues, and other online court records!

Anyone may lookup FL public records without permission or even a reason. The clerk of court may seal some files like juvenile ecords, but most FL records will be available online and searchable.

With Infotracer, get free instant access to FL records from most courts in the state. You can perform a state court records search by name in minutes. It is the best way to lookup cases online from FL circuit courts, county, and specialty courts like drug court or veteran’s court.

Florida Court Statistics

In 2012, the Florida courts received 4,030,328 filings. In 2016, the number of filings decreased by 21.0% and counted 3,185,662 filings and had 3,144,301 outgoing cases

Total State Caseloads

YearTotal Caseload
20124,030,328
20133,677,323
20143,426,685
20153,364,460
20163,185,662

Share of Court Type Incoming Caseloads

Court TypeIncoming Caseloads
Civil23%
Criminal22%
Domestic Relations7%
Traffic48%

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Florida at year end of 2016 has increased by 0.6% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 232,222 but are lower than in 2015.

YearDomestic Relations CaseloadTotal Statewide Caseload
2012232,2224,030,328
2013236,5743,677,323
2014222,8493,426,685
2015235,3183,364,460
2016233,5453,185,662

Florida Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Florida courts counts to 691,733, with 166,089 felony cases and 525,644 misdemeanors accordingly.

YearCriminal CaseloadMisdemeanor CaseloadFelony Caseload
2012755,297755,297
2013650,093650,093
2014608,702608,702
2015738,948569,661169,287
2016691,733525,644166,089

Circuit Courts

This state is divided up into twenty judicial districts, and each Circuit Court serves one. The state's Circuit Courts have general jurisdiction over matters that are not served by the counties. The clerk of the Circuit Court court also hears appeals from the County justice system. Circuit courts resolve civil issues of $15,000 or more, estate issues, cases involving minors, family law issues, mental health cases, juvenile infractions, court orders, felonies, criminal cases, tax disputes, title to real property, and civil suits.

Circuit Court judges are elected by the voters to a six-year term. They must reside within the county they are elected in and have practiced law for five years before taking a seat at the bench.

County Courts

The state has one County Court for each of its 67 counties. Each county has a different number of judges based on caseload and population. To qualify to be a County Civil Court judge, someone must first be a member of the FL Bar for five years and reside in the county where they are elected. Sometimes these court judges are assigned to the Circuit Courts, and they serve six-year terms. County courthouses hold trials and have jurisdiction over civil court hearings of $15,000 or less. Most trials are non-jury trials heard by a judge. FL refers to these courts as: "the people's courts," because these courts handle most traffic offenses, citizen disputes and minor criminal offenses plus small claims.

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