On January 1, 2020 there are significant changes happening in county court that your Clerk of Court Angela Vick wants you to be aware of. Florida’s State Courts System and the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers are working together to ensure citizens in Florida are aware of what is going on.
On the first day of 2020:
- Dollar limits for civil cases in county court double to $30,000
- Small claims cases are increasing to include amounts up to $8,000, an increase of 60 percent
- Civil filers must include a cover sheet that specifies the amount of money in dispute in cases valued at more than $8,000
- Filing fees remain as they have been and do not change
Increases in county courts’ jurisdictional limits were passed by the legislature this year, and signed by Governor DeSantis. Increases to small claims amounts and the civil cover sheet changes were adopted in the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration approved by the Supreme Court.
The change should be seamless and invisible to most courts users. Lawyers and self-represented (pro-se) litigants who file electronically will be automatically prompted to include an amount in dispute when filing civil cases. The Florida Courts E-Filing Portal will automatically produce a civil cover sheet in compliance with new rules.
Informational video messages highlighting these changes are posted on the Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s website www.citrusclerk.org, and the KnowYourCourt.org website, as well as social media.