Florida State Courts Administrator

Court Records

State office

State Courts Administrator

500 S Duval

Address
Supreme Court Bldg Tallahassee, FL 32399-1900
Phone
850-922-5081
Fax
850-488-0156
Hours
8AM-5PM

Records Available:

The Florida State Courts system was reorganized in 1973 to a two-tier system. There are 67 county courts for small civil suits and 20 circuit courts for criminal and larger civil suits. Over these are the Supreme Court and five district courts of appeal, with the Office of the State Courts Administrator responsible for the case reporting system. Supreme Court decisions are online for 1999-present, with those of the five district courts of appeals generally available from 2001-present.

Florida  Court Record Availability

Except for certain online research capabilities, all trial court record access must be done at the local level.

Access to Florida Court Records

Retrieving Records

Since 2001, the Florida Association of Court Clerks Services Group’s website (MyFloridaCounty.com) has provided online access to all public records as an alternative to contacting the Clerks of Court. Searches and record-ordering is online. The records available include deeds, affidavits, bonds, marriage and death certificates, judgments, liens, probate records, court decrees, orders, motions, verdicts, and other court records maintained by the Office of the State Courts Administrator. Older records are available at the Florida State Archives.

Cost

Searching for public records online is free; the cost for ordering records is $1/page plus a shipping fee, $2-13 convenience fee, and $2 certified copy fee.

Years Available

Official records available at MyFloridaCounty.com vary by county but begin no later than 1990. Many have records from 1900 and most from the 1980s.