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Circuit Civil Department

The General Civil jurisdiction is for amounts over $15,000. Other types of cases handled by General Civil are Mortgage Foreclosure, Other Real Property, Lien Foreclosure, Medical and Professional Malpractice, Auto Negligence, Contract and Indebtedness, Personal injury, and Eminent Domain.

Complex Business Litigation Division

The Complex Business Litigation Division (CBLD) was established on January 22, 2007.  General Civil Division “L” was designated to hear Circuit Civil cases that meet the qualifications based on Administrative Order S-2013-021
Click here for the Civil Cover Sheet for CBLD.
   

 Trial Exhibits

In order to expedite your trial, and pursuant to the pre trial conference order, all exhibits must be marked with ADHESIVE LABELS, click here to view sample label, prior to trial. Please do not staple or paperclip the labels to the exhibit. All adhesive labels must be affixed on the back of the last page of the exhibit in the bottom left hand corner. In addition, an Exhibit List, click here for Exhibit List,  of all exhibits must be completed. The Clerk’s office is providing all civil attorneys with a format to use when labeling and describing exhibits, we do not provide the labels.

  • List exhibits numerically, not alphabetically
  • Make sure the number on the exhibits match those on the exhibits list.
  • Please have a copy of the exhibits list for the court and the court clerk.
  • All exhibits and Exhibit Lists are to be taken to the courtroom by the attorney the day of the trial, unless otherwise ordered by the Judge.
  • Some Judges may require you to deliver the labeled exhibits to the Clerk’s office the Friday before the trial.

NOTE:     Please insure all exhibits are labeled, in order and the Exhibit List is completed prior to the beginning of court.  You must prepare one set of exhibit binders for the court, one set of exhibit binders for witnesses and one set of exhibit binders with labels attached for the clerk.

For further assistance, please call the Circuit Civil division at (813) 276-8100 ext 4365.

Certified Process Servers

The initial application and the yearly renewal fees are paid through the Circuit Civil division of the Clerk’s office, either in person or by mail. Click here for Circuit Civil contact information . For further information regarding classes, applications, renewals and fees to be paid see the Administrative Offices of the Court website . The Administrative Offices of the Courts maintains the current list of valid certified process servers.    

Changes involving Lis Pendens and certified copies of Final Judgments:
Click here for information concerning charges to be collected for recording Lis Pendens and documents relating to Lis Pendens as well as changes in procedures involving certified copies of final judgments submitted to the Clerk at the time a proposed judgment is filed.

Judgments

Interest is charged on all judgments at a rate determined by the Florida Department of Financial Services. Section 55.03(1), Florida Statutes, requires the Chief Financial Officer, on December 1 of each year beginning in 1994, to set the rate of interest that shall be payable on judgments and decrees for the year beginning the following January 1. Click here to be directed to the website to check on current and previous year interest rates.

Circuit Civil Fees
Fees related to the Circuit Civil Department. 
Click here to calculate Foreign Judgment fees.

Circuit Civil Internet Order Form
Pre-order files online.

Circuit Civil Forms
Download Circuit Civil forms.

Circuit Civil Contact Information
Need to visit, email, call, or mail the Circuit Civil Department? You will find that information here.