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Criminal Courts



Pinellas County Justice Center
14250 49th Street North
Clearwater, FL 33762

Criminal Case Disposition
formerly Circuit Criminal Court Records
(727) 464-7000

Criminal Case Initiation
formerly County Criminal Court Records
(727) 464-7000

Criminal Court Customer Services
Criminal Court Calendar
Victims' Rights


Criminal Case Disposition

formerly Circuit Criminal Court Records

Criminal Case Disposition is responsible for filing, processing and maintaining felony cases and misdemeanor charges arising out of the same circumstances as a felony; as well as, juvenile dependency and delinquency cases. Circuit Criminal handles cases that are appealed to the Circuit Court, the 2nd District Court of Appeals in Lakeland and the Florida Supreme Court.

This department also takes appropriate action when the Court approves a petition to seal or expunge a case file.

Felony Cases:

A felony is the most serious type of crime. According to federal law, for an offense to be a felony it must have a possible sentence of more than one year. The definition of a felony may be slightly different in each state. When asked to identify a felony one usually thinks of drug related crimes, murder, sex related crimes, armed robbery and other types of violent crimes.
If you need inmate information, please visit the Pinellas County Sheriff's website
for more information: Sheriff

Juvenile:

The Juvenile Section of the Criminal Case Disposition Department manages case files for both juvenile delinquency and dependency cases. The Juvenile Section works in conjunction with the Unified Family Court by scheduling court hearings, processing documents and maintaining the case files.

Due to the nature of the cases all records are confidential and not available for public view nor can they be discussed on the telephone. To be eligible to view a case file you must be connected to the case such as the attorney of record, the legal guardian, etc. You may appear in person where the file is maintained and request to view the file. Please make sure that you have an identification card with your photograph available when requesting the file.

Juvenile Delinquency Cases:

A Juvenile Delinquency case is initiated when a minor has committed or is suspected of having committed a crime. The Clerk's Juvenile Delinquency section performs various functions such as processing documents for cases where a child has been charged with committing a crime.

Juvenile Dependency Cases:

A Juvenile Dependency case is initiated when it is suspected a child is the victim of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Juvenile Dependency cases may also include other types of cases such as emancipation cases and truancy violations. The Clerk's Juvenile Dependency section is responsible for processing various types of documents and maintaining records for children who need help from the court system.
The Juvenile Arbitration Program:
This program is a diversion program for first time juvenile misdemeanor offenders. The program was developed by and is maintained by the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida. More information is available, from the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court website, www.jud6.org.

You may link directly to their Juvenile Arbitration Program page.
The Sixth Judicial Circuit's Teen Court information.

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Criminal Case Initiation

formerly County Criminal Court Records
Misdemeanors, Traffic

The Criminal Case Initiation Department is the main office for processing cases and paperwork relating to traffic citations, misdemeanor violations, county and municipal ordinance violations, boating, fishing and miscellaneous non-criminal infractions and parking violations. There are twelve municipal law enforcement agencies in Pinellas County in addition to the Florida Highway Patrol, various state agencies, and the Sheriff’s Office, which is under contract with twelve municipalities.

If you need inmate information, please visit the Pinellas County Sheriff's website
for more information: Sheriff

Traffic cases:

Traffic cases requiring Court appearances are transferred to the North County or Tyrone Branch Office depending upon where the offense occurred. The case will be transferred back to Criminal Case Initiation to be heard by a judge at the Criminal Justice Center if a public defender is appointed to the case or if there is a request for a jury trial.
Traffic Information
Traffic Court Hearings Information

Parking tickets:*

Parking ticket records are maintained in this department and may be paid or we may receive a request for a hearing, in which case the parking ticket and all available pleadings are scheduled before a magistrate (traffic night court hearing officer).
Parking Ticket Information

*As of January 13, 2009, the Clerk's Office will no longer accept payment for Parking Tickets issued by the cities of Belleair, Clearwater, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach or Tarpon Springs. Parking tickets issued by those cities will need to be paid directly to the municipality that issued them.

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Criminal Court Customer Services

Payment Plans, Public Defender Applications

The main functions of the Criminal Court Customer Services Department is to assist the public, the State Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office, Salvation Army Probation officers, Department of Correction Probation Officers, and Private Attorney's for Misdemeanor, Traffic, Felony, Juvenile, Domestic Violence, Payment Plans* and Public Defender Appointments**.

*Financial Obligation Agreement (Payment Plan):

Beginning July 01, 2004, the Clerk of the Court began accepting payments for any court ordered fines/costs and filing fees in accordance with the terms of an established payment plan pursuant to s. 28.246 Florida Statutes, except if the fines/costs are a condition of probation, this service requires payment of a one-time fee of $25.00 pursuant to s. 28.24(26) (b) (c) Florida Statutes.
**Public Defender Appointment:
Beginning July 01, 2004, the Clerk of the Court began determining if a person applying for appointment of a Public Defender, private attorney, or any other due process service is indigent pursuant to s. 27.52 Florida Statutes. The Clerk’s determination of indigent status is a ministerial act based on information provided by the Defendant on a form developed by the Supreme Court. The Court can make a provisional appointment of the Public Defender, private attorney, or any other due process services on an interim basis, pending the Clerk’s determination of indigent status. The Affidavit of Indigent Status must be filed with the Clerk’s Office even if a provisional appointment has been made.

The provision of a Public Defender or court-appointed Attorney is not free. An application fee of $50 will be assessed whether the Public Defender is appointed or not, pursuant to s. 27.52 Florida Statutes. The Clerk’s Office may allow up to 7 days to pay this fee. If the fee is not paid within the 7 days, it will be added to any costs that may be assessed at the conclusion of the case.

To request a Public Defender appointed to your case, you will need to complete an "Affidavit of Indigent Status" and pay the $50 application fee.
You may print a copy of the "Affidavit of Indigent Status" by clicking here or pick the a copy of the form at the following locations:

CRIMINAL COURT RECORDS
PINELLAS COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER
14250 49th Street, North
Clearwater, FL 33762
Telephone: (727) 464-7000

NORTH COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
29582 U.S. 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
Telephone: (727) 464-8700

CLERK'S TYRONE BRANCH OFFICE
1800 66th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Telephone: (727) 582-7681

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Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court
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