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2008 Media Coverage of the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court


August 14, 2008
Clearwater Gazette: Clerk Offers User-Friendly, Legal Form Software Online

PINELLAS COUNTY -Beginning August 4, 2008, the Clerk's Self Help Center for affordable legal services made its user-friendly software available online...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

August 8, 2008
St. Petersburg Times: Couples crazy for eights

By Dalia Colon, Times Staff Writer
Friday 8/8/8, is said to be an auspicious day for all kinds of special events. The Chinese view the number 8 as so lucky,...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

August 6, 2008
St. Petersburg Times: Legal self-help online at court clerk's web site

COUNTYWIDE
The Pinellas County Clerk's Self Help Center for affordable legal services has made its user-friendly software available online...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

August 4, 2008
Pinellas County Government News: Clerk Offers Software Online

PINELLAS COUNTY -Beginning this week, the Clerk's Self Help Center for affordable legal services made its user-friendly software available online...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

July 19, 2008
St. Petersburg Times: Pinellas-Pasco night traffic courts being put to rest

by Jamal Thalji
Night court might be the odnly convenient thing about getting a traffic ticket - you can fight your ticket without missing work or skipping school...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

July 22, 2008
Tampa Bay Newspapers: Burke addresses Chamber luncheon

By Bob McClure
SEMINOLE - Ken Burke, Pinellas County clerk of the circuit court, provided an overview of Pinellas County finances July 17 when he was the guest speaker at the monthly luncheon of the Greater Seminole Chamber of Commerce...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

July 8, 2008
Florida Catholic: Self Help Centers offer legal advice

Diocese of St. Petersburg New Briefs
Those who need help navigating the court system, but who want to represent themselves, can get some help at the new Pinellas County Clerk of Court Self Help Centers...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

June 24, 2008
Tampa Bay Newspapers: Candidates qualify for upcoming elections

By Suzette Porter
PINELLAS COUNTY - The candidates' qualifying period for the November 2008 elections ended on June 20...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

June 20, 2008
St. Petersburg Times' Bay Buzz from tampabay.com: Welch, Burke and Nelson unopposed in Pinellas

District 7 Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch, Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke and Tax Collector Diane Nelson are breathing easy...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

June 20, 2008
TBO.com (Tampa Tribune and News Channel 8): Pinellas Candidates Qualify For Fall Ballot

By Carlos Moncada
CLEARWATER - Pinellas County Clerk of Court Ken Burke, Tax Collector Diane Nelson and County Commissioner Ken Welch faced no challengers as today's deadline passed at noon in the weeklong candidate qualifying period...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

June 9, 2008
Pinellas County Connection TV: Inside Pinellas This Week

...Plus, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Ken Burke, drops by to tell us about a new legal service that will help you help yourself...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

May 31, 2008
St. Petersburg Times: In the know

COUNTYWIDE
Amscot sites will take ticket fees...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

May 28, 2008
Tampa Bay Business Journal: Amscot Financial to accept traffic citation payments

Ken Burke, Pinellas County clerk of court, partnered with Amscot Financial to receive payments for Pinellas traffic citations and fines...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

May 28, 2008
ABC Action News (WFTS-TV): Pinellas traffic offenders can pay fines at Amscot

Reported by: Kristal Roberts
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - We already know Amscot is "okay with us!" Now the clerk of court is too...
READ THE Online ARTICLE HERE.

May 27, 2008
St. Petersburg Times - Action: A small claims judgment may require lots of work to collect it

By Suzanne Palmer
Q.   My son won a judgment in Small Claims Court against a painter who refused to pay for considerable damage to his property...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

May 22, 2008
St. Petersburg Times: In the know

COUNTYWIDE
County Clerk is lauded for program...
READ THE Online ARTICLE HERE.
READ THE Print ARTICLE HERE.

May 1, 2008
C & N Publications: Clerk's publishes citizen-friendly, County financial report

The Pinellas County Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for the fiscal year ended September 30th, 2007, has been published...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

April 23, 2008
Tampa Bay Newspapers: Clerk supports bill to clarify county auditor role

PINELLAS COUNTY -A pair of bills in the 2008 legislative session would clarify the circuit court clerk’s role as the "county auditor"...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

March 18, 2008
Tampa Bay Newspapers: In other business, the board

PINELLAS COUNTY - Heard a report from external auditors Ernst and Young who gave the county an "unqualified or clean" audit with only one material weakness noted...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

March 13, 2008
Clearwater Gazette: Residents Cautioned of Unnecessary, Pricey, "Convenience"

Private company charges nearly $90 for $2.50 certified deed copy
PINELLAS COUNTY -Beginning August 4, 2008, the Clerk's Self Help Center for affordable legal services made its user-friendly software available online...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

March 6, 2008
Tampa Bay Newspapers: County Cautions residents on property deed offers

PINELLAS COUNTY - Once again Pinellas County residents have received an official-looking letter emphasizing the government’s recommendation to keep a certified copy of property deeds...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

March 5, 2008
Pinellas County Government News; Beware Pricey 'Convenience'

The Clerk of Circuit Court wants to warn residents about an official-looking letter they may receive that emphasizes the government's recommendation to keep a certified copy of property deeds...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

March 1, 2008
C & N Publications: Clerk's Self Help Center add services

The Self Help Centers created by the Clerk's Office, the Sixth Judicial Circuit and the Community Law Program have new services...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

February 26, 2008
St. Petersburg Times: In the know

No need to pay high fees for copy of deeds...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

February 25, 2008
East Lake Blister: Residents cautioned of unnecesary, pricey "convenience"

Once again Pinellas County residents have received an official-looking letter emphasizing the government’s recommendation to keep a certified copy of property deeds...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

February 14, 2008
St. Petersburg Times: I do, I do, I do...They all did

All is sweet at the courthouse with a mass wedding on Valentine's Day.
By Eileen Schulte
CLEARWATER -I do. With those two little words, 27 couples were wed in the courtyard of the Clearwater Courthouse on Valentine's Day. Then there was lots of kissing...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

February 14, 2008
TBO.com (Tampa Tribune and News Channel 8): Forget the Chapel! They're Going To The Clerk's Office

By Keith Morelli
TAMPA -They came in as individuals and left as pairs. An assembly line of wedding ceremonies cranked out a bunch of married couples...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

February 11, 2008
Tampa Bay Newspapers: Group wedding scheduled on Feb. 14

PINELLAS COUNTY - Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke is set to perform a group wedding ceremony in the courtyard of the Clearwater Courthouse on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

February 7, 2008
Pinellas County Government News: Legal Self Help Centers Add Extra Conveniences

The Self Help Centers created by the Clerk's Office, the Sixth Judicial Circuit and the Community Law Program have new services...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

February 1, 2008
C & N Publications: Clerk's Office to perform group wedding
A group wedding ceremony will be performed in the charming courtyard of the Clearwater Courthouse by Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke on Valentine's Day...
READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

February 1, 2008
Tropical Breeze: Legal Self Help Centers Add Conveniences

The Self Help Centers created by the Pinellas County Clerk's Office, the Sixth Judicial Circuit and the Community Law Program have new services, Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court, has announced..
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

January 31, 2008
St. Petersburg Times: Home loss filings swamp courts

Hillsborough officials scramble to handle more than four times the typical number of foreclosures.
By Collen Jenkins
TAMPA - When new mortgage foreclosure filings hit an all-time high of 1,220 cases in November, the Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court's Office formed a task force to get a handle on the influx...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

January 25, 2008
St. Petersburg Times (Local & State): Now case really is closed

Pinellas County owed Dennis Esposito $117,000, but he had to pay $50 to get it. So he went to court.
By Jose Cardenas
As it turns out, Dennis Esposito's legal fight over a $50 fee to "reopen" a court case that he says should never have been closed was not a trivial matter...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

January 16, 2008
St. Petersburg Times (Local & State): Largo has about $632,000 in tax money in frozen fund

Officials plan to review the situation with the city attorney.
By Anne Lindberg and Rita Farlow
Frustrated and angry city officials blame the county tax collector because some of their property tax revenues have been frozen...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

January 8, 2008
Tampa Bay Newspapers: Burke questions SBA’s handling of county money

By Suzette Porter
CLEARWATER – Clerk of the Court Ken Burke told the Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 8 that more than $17 million of tax payer’s money remains in the state’s government investment pool...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

January 8, 2008
Tampa Bay Newspapers: Tax collector’s actions draw fire from two municipalities

By Thomas Michalski and Suzette Porter
PINELLAS COUNTY – A move by the Pinellas County Tax Collector to distribute money currently frozen in the state’s local government investment pool has officials in some municipalities concerned...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

January 2, 2008
St. Petersburg Times (Local & State): Couples get a photo finish

By Tiffani Sherman
Go into a married couple's house and usually at least one photo of the wedding day is in a pretty frame somewhere...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

January 1, 2008
C & N Publications: Clerk's Office Earns Award from Department of Defense

Ken Burke was presented the 2007 Family Advocacy Community Collaboration Award for his actions to help stop domestic violence by Major John Navarrow of MacDill Air Force Base's U.S. Department of Defense's (DOD) Family Advocacy Program (FAP)...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

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