The Clerk's Office receives the initial paperwork from the Hillsborough County Jail after a felony arrest. The Felony Department prepares the official court file, including the original arrest document as well as any release form. This information is also forwarded to the Office of the State Attorney. The State Attorney then reviews the case and makes the determination to file or not file formal charges.
When formal charges are filed with the Clerk's Office you will be notified by mail of an arraignment date. If you bonded out of jail, your bondsman will be notified as well. All notices will be sent to the address that was given at the time of arrest.
If you move, it is your responsibility to notify the Clerk's Office in writing at the Clerk of Circuit Court, Felony Department, P.O. Box 1110, Room 202, Tampa, FL 33601.
An arraignment is a hearing where a defendant is advised of the formal charges filed by the State Attorney and is allowed to enter a plea to the charges. At the arraignment, a pre-trial date and possibly a trial date will be set.
The Felony Department of the Clerk's Office cannot change your court date. Please contact your attorney to help you with this problem.
Information is available online. Click here to be connected to the Court Progress Dockets Search Menu. A Disclaimer page displays. Click I Agree to be connected to the Search Menu. You may search for a file in one of four ways. The most common search is by name. Select the Name Search box to begin your search. Limited information is also available by dialing (813) 276-8100, extension 4368. To view your file you may visit the Customer Service Center at 800 East Twiggs St., Room 101, Tampa, Florida.
Failure to appear may result in serious consequences. A felony judge may issue a warrant for your arrest. You may forfeit any bond that you have posted, thus losing money or collateral. If you are arrested for failure to appear you may be held in the Hillsborough County Jail without bond.
All felony sessions are public unless certain proceedings are specifically closed by a judge.
The main trial days for felony courts are scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays. You may research a particular case by clicking here for the Courts Progress Docket Search Menu. A disclaimer page displays. Click I Agree to be connected to the Search Menu. A trial that is scheduled on the court calendar may or may not proceed to trial on that particular day, depending on a number of factors including the availability of all involved parties.
Upon disposition of a felony case file, the cash bond may be released to the depositor ONLY. Pursuant to s. 903.286 the court may direct all or a portion of the cash bond to be used for outstanding fines, court costs or restitution. If the depositor is due a refund, they may obtain a Cash Bond Release Notice from the Felony Department for delivery to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Case files may be ordered and viewed at the Customer Service Center in Room 101, 800 East Twiggs St. in Tampa. Cases may also be ordered using the Felony Internet Order Form. Click here to access the Internet Order Form. Requested files will be available for viewing in the Felony department. Files will be held in the department for five business days from the date the file was requested.