CLERK OF COURT & COMPTROLLER

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA

File without an Attorney

A Self-Represented Litigant (Pro Se) is a person who appears in court without the assistance of a lawyer.

Pro Se FAQs

Where do I get the forms that I need to create a filing?

You can use TurboCourt to prepare the documents you need and file them online or you can find the forms you need on our Forms page. You can also download a free app to your mobile device from the Florida Courts that contains help for people representing themselves in Family Law cases (divorce, adoption, orders of protection, name change, and other family law issues), including Court-approved family law forms that can be filled out on the device; links and contact information for help centers all around Florida; plain-language instructions and descriptions of first steps and next actions; links for a full range of legal help from multiple online resources, free and low-cost legal services, lawyer referrals and other information, including eligibility criteria; and user-friendly instructions for initial steps and pointers about what happens next.

How can I prepare a filing?

You can create the forms online using TurboCourt or you can scan in paper forms which you have prepared and e-File them through the FCCC ePortal.

If I don't know how to do this, can the Clerk help me?

Pursuant to Florida Statutes, the Clerk of the Circuit Court shall provide ministerial assistance* (*procedural information needed to insure that litigants representing themselves -- "pro se" -- have meaningful access to the civil justice system). Assistance shall NOT include the providing of legal advice.

If you are a low income resident and you have questions that require legal advice, please see the FAQ on this page "Free Legal Advice for Low Income Residents.

You can also get free help by downloading a free app to your mobile device from the Florida Courts that contains help for people representing themselves in Family Law cases (divorce, adoption, orders of protection, name change, and other family law issues), including Court-approved family law forms that can be filled out on the device; links and contact information for help centers all around Florida; plain-language instructions and descriptions of first steps and next actions; links for a full range of legal help from multiple online resources, free and low-cost legal services, lawyer referrals and other information, including eligibility criteria; and user-friendly instructions for initial steps and pointers about what happens next.

Free/Reduced Cost Legal Assistance for Low Income Residents

If you require legal assistance and are an eligible, low income resident, you may be able to get free or reduced cost legal assistance for certain non-criminal case types.

Bay Area Legal Services, Gulf Coast Legal Services and St. Michael's Legal Center for Women and Children, Inc. are non-profit agencies that may be able to assist you with legal questions regarding domestic violence, family law, foreclosure and senior advocacy.

Florida Free Legal Answers is an online service, available 24 hours a day, that provides free, brief, basic legal advice to low income residents. Help may include adoption, divorce, name changes, child support, domestic violence, bankruptcy, wills and estate planning.

How can I view my file?

You can view your case information through the Hillsborough Online Viewing of Electronic Records (HOVER).

What are the fees and fines associated with this service?

See the Fees and Fines page for more information.