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Welcome to the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court Website


It is our goal to provide you, the citizen, with an online resource that enables you to obtain the information desired. We hope you find this website useful and user-friendly as you navigate through its channels of information.


Clerk's Commitment: Access to Public Records
Committed to our Mission: Customer Service Excellence, Commitment to Work and Compassion For One Another

Ken Burke serves as the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller for Pinellas County, Florida. Growing up in Pinellas, attending high school and college locally, plus experience as a CPA, a law firm administrator and college board chairman, Ken’s credentials are well matched to the duties of the Clerk’s office. Recognizing his qualifications, Pinellas County voters elected Ken to this position in November 2004. He was sworn in on January 4, 2005. He was re-elected without opposition in 2008 and in 2012.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Pinellas Clerk Helps You "Cover Your Assets" With Property Fraud Alert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The Clerk's office has officially launched a proactive subscription service that offers citizens peace of mind in the protection of their property's title. The Property Fraud Alert is a program initiated by Ken Burke, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, to help the public protect their property against fraud. Customers signing up for this free service will be notified immediately, either by phone or email, of any document recorded against their property in the Official Records of the Pinellas County Clerk's office where deeds, mortgages and other documents are recorded.

READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.


Criminal Court Records Public Access Demos

The Clerk’s office will host Criminal Court Records Public Access Demos for lawyers, legal staff and the public. Please join us to learn about Public Access and how you can effectively and easily access your case records.

The Open House will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm with demo times starting at 1:15pm, 2:15pm and 3:15pm. Click here to view the event flyer.

The demos will take place in the Jury Room of the Pinellas County Justice Center located at 14250 49th St. N, Clearwater, FL.

RSVPs are encouraged. If you have any questions, or if you would like to reserve your spot, please contact the Clerk’s Administration at 727-464-3341.


Perfect Score on the Passport Acceptance Facility Review

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The North County Branch of the Pinellas County Clerk's office received a high honor from the U.S. Department of State Miami Passport Agency. An Acceptance Facility Oversight Program compliance visit was conducted and the branch earned a perfect score. The certificate honors exemplary service to the community and the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services, through the conscientious execution of passport applications, excellence in customer service and commitment to measures that ensure the integrity of the U.S. passport.

READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.


Released: 2014 Popular Annual Financial Report and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The office of Ken Burke, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, released the Citizens' Guide to County Finances (Citizens' Guide), also known as the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014. The Citizens' Guide is an easy-to-read financial report designed to inform Pinellas County citizens where County revenues came from and where the money was spent.

READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.


SCAM IRS CALLS:

Please be aware that Pinellas County citizens are being contacted by someone posing as an IRS representative. The scammer claims the IRS is filing a lawsuit against the citizen and threatens the citizen with arrest or losing their driver’s license for failure to pay the associated fines and fees.

If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the Internal Revenue Service at 800-829-1040.

If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you've never received a bill or the caller made absurd threats), call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

Avoid becoming a victim of this scam by reading and sharing the linked news article.


JUROR SCAM NOTICE:

Our office has received several calls from citizens regarding a recent juror scam. The scam involves citizens being told they must pay the fines associated with missing jury service or face serious consequences. All potential jurors for Pinellas County are contacted by U.S. mail. We do not contact you by phone and do not ask for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or other personal information. Should you receive a phone call saying that you have failed to report for jury service and they ask for personal information, this is a potential identity theft scam.

Please DO NOT give out any personal information. You may contact this office for information at (727) 464-6423.

Information from the FBI's website may be found here: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2006/june/jury_scam060206

Snopes.com has also researched the scam: www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp

If you have been a victim of this crime or have any information on these phone scams, call Detective Bingham of the Economic Crimes Unit at 727-582-6200.


Self Help Center Now Offers Convenient Online Appointment Scheduling

The Clerk's Self Help Center now offers the public the opportunity to conveniently schedule attorney consultations online. With this new feature, anyone can easily schedule their attorney consultations by visiting the Clerk's Self Help Center page.

The accomplishments of this program are deeply rooted in the assistance offered to self represented litigants as they face complicated and emotionally taxing legal matters. "Our Self Help Center has become an invaluable resource for our community and this new online scheduling feature aims to further facilitate the process of helping customers navigating the legal system on their own," stated Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller.

READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE HERE.


Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

On January 1, 2015, U.S. District Judge Hinkle's order provided clarity to Clerks throughout the state as to their responsibility and duty in the matter of issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s office will begin processing same-sex marriage licenses at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

Please be sure to visit our Marriage Licenses page to review important information regarding marriage application requirements. Also, please note you can now print the new forms and fill them out in advance before arriving to our office.

The locations where same-sex marriage licenses and ceremonies will be performed are as follows:

  • RECORDING SERVICES DEPARTMENT 315 Court Street Clearwater, FL 33756
  • NORTH COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE 29582 U.S. 19 North Clearwater, FL 33761
  • CLERK'S TYRONE BRANCH OFFICE 1800 66th Street North St. Petersburg, FL 33710
  • ST. PETERSBURG BRANCH OFFICE 545 First Avenue North St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Western Union Available for Child Support Payments

Western Union has recently unveiled the return of its Child Support Payment Services for the state of Florida for cash-only payments. This convenient service can be used at more than 2,400 outlets throughout the state and 37,000 outlets nationwide. It is also helpful for individuals who can only make payments in cash. The process is simple. Participants will need to provide their County number, 11-digit case number and the custodial parent’s last name. Each transaction will incur a $3 Western Union Service Fee. There is a $5,000 limit on transfers.

With thousands of registered Western Union agents throughout the state, this payment service method is a convenient process. Here is a short list of participating vendors: Winn Dixie, SunTrust, Regions, AMSCOT, Check Cashing Store, Value Pawn & Jewelry, Cash Checking USA, Suncoast Bank, Kmart, Synovus Bank, Navarros and Sedanos.

Please call 1-800-325-6000 to find a location near you and remember that payments are sent electronically with a receipt provided as proof of payment.


Email Scam Alert

It has been reported that citizens are receiving fraudulent emails informing them that they must appear in court. These emails may appear to originate from well known law firms and government agencies. However, please note that they are indeed a scam intended to infect your computer through the use of attachments or links in the email.

Notices to appear in court are not sent by email from the Clerk's Office or from other agencies. If you receive such an email, you are advised to delete it at once and disregard any attachments or links contained therein as these may spread malicious software to your computer. Also, be careful when deciding to open emails that allegedly come from law firms which do not pertain to a relationship you already have with the firm, as those can also be malicious in nature.


Pinellas Clerk's Office is open to accept Criminal Court E-Filings

Criminal Attorneys:
The Pinellas Clerk's Office is accepting Criminal e-filings (subsequent pleadings) for existing cases through the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal. Attorney offices are now able to e-file their case documents and these pleadings will be processed by our Criminal Court Records department staff. The Criminal Divisions we will be accepting electronic pleadings for are the following:

  • Circuit Criminal
  • County Criminal
  • Criminal Traffic
  • Civil Traffic
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Supreme Court of Florida Order: AOSC14-1 ELECTRONIC FILING OF CRIMINAL, JUVENILE, AND TRAFFIC CASES VIA THE FLORIDA COURTS E-FILING PORTAL


  • CLERK ALERT: E-Filing in Criminal Cases - The new mandatory electronic filing requirements for Criminal Traffic, Juvenile and Appeals cases to the Circuit Court will become effective today, October 1, 2013. (Read full text.)
  • AOSC13-48: ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER - Electronic Filing of Criminal Cases


    Notice of Section Change in Mortgage Foreclosure Cases Notice of Forfeiture of Unclaimed Money Pursuant to Section 116.21 Order to Show Cause
    Electronic Filing

    Reminder from the Clerk

    Please DO NOT SEND original documents to the Clerk's Office on cases which you have already e-filed.

    Please disregard any instruction to the contrary that you might be seeing on the e-portal site. Pinellas County is not going through a test period where the follow up paper is required for the first 90 days as that period is already over for Pinellas. There is NOT a requirement to follow up your e-filing with paper. Please do NOT send in paper unless they are the specific documents identified in the Sixth Circuit’s e-filing A.O.

    Pinellas E-File Information, including FAQ's

    If you have further questions and concerns not covered in our FAQ’s please send your questions and concerns to:
    CivilEfiling@pinellascounty.org


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