The Florida State Archives have microfilm copies of lots of county records and certain county records belonging to higher appeals courts. You can also obtain copies of Florida court records by contacting the office of the clerk in the county where the case was heard.
Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order permits the viewing of case records presented for the convenience of the residents of Florida on the internet. Before this upgrade took place, people were unable to simply view public records as they liked, they had to visit the Justice Center. The official online site allows you to view case records as a party to a case, a registered user, or simply as a member of the anonymous public.
If you are going to view the documents as anonymous, you do not need any registration in order to access images of redacted records, court dockets, and indexes.
You can view these images as a registered member if you are not an attorney on record nor a party to the case.
You can view the images as a party to case if you hold the authority to view the records as an employee of the business involved in the case, or an officer.
The Florida Court Clerk?s Office makes it their duty to make sure that information which is sealed confidential or sensitive should remain a top priority. Because of this, it may be important that you hand in a Viewable on Request paper before you release any documents.
You can also obtain copies of Florida court records from the Family History Library of Florida. All you have to do is search by county.
Courts in Florida keep records that hold great genealogical value. Most of these courts came into being around the 1800s.
From 1887 till present day, all records of criminal cases that were ruled not punishable by a capital punishment are held by Criminal Courts.
From 1822 till present day, county court judges store probate, guardianship, administration, and marriage records in the County Courts.
From 1821 till present day, every county had jurisdiction on felonies, guardianship, equity, probate and civil cases.
From 1915 till present day, all counties that have more than 100,000 citizens have civil courts replacing and taking over responsibilities of county courts.
You can find information on the individual courts of Florida, and where they hold jurisdiction at http://www.flcourts.org. If you want to send in a request or check their contact details so that you can request a copy of the Florida court records case you are looking for, in person, you will find it in the Court Locations section. Each page of the court links you to the Clerk?s Office but there is no direct application that you can fill for your request of a copy of the record.
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Last Updated: 2017-02-23