Each of Florida's 67 counties has a clerk of court. Each clerk of the circuit court is a constitutional officer elected by residents of their county. In addition to the clerks and their individual offices, there are two entities that support the clerks of court statewide.
The Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation is a statewide public corporation established by law to perform several functions for all 67 Clerks of Court, including:
The Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers is a statewide, non-profit member organization that provides a wide range of services to the clerks, including:
Government Accountability. Section 28.35, Florida Statutes, requires the corporation to develop and certify a uniform system of workload measures and standards for court-related functions. These workload measures and workload performance standards must be designed to facilitate an objective determination of the performance of each clerk in accordance with minimum standards for fiscal management, operational efficiency, and effective collection of fines, fees, service charges, and court costs. The 2019 Legislature enacted Ch. 2019-15, Laws of Florida, which requires the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation to notify the Legislature quarterly if a clerk is not meeting workload performance standards. Previously, there was not a time frame for reporting any deficiencies.
Courts. The 2019 Legislature enacted Ch. 2019-58, Laws of Florida, to address funding and budgeting by the Clerks of the Circuit Courts. The law permits the Clerks to carry forward unspent funds from the prior fiscal year and any remaining funds in the Clerks of Court Trust Fund for budgetary purposes. The law also clarifies when excess funds in the trust fund must be transferred to the General Revenue Fund.
2019 Annual Assessments and Collections Report, Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers.
Clerk of the Circuit Courts Audits, Florida Department of Financial Services
Study of the Effectiveness of Collections in the Florida Courts, The National Center for State Courts, November 2012.
The Florida Clerk of Courts Operations Corporation provides other clerk-related reports, including historical budget information, on its website.
The Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers provides other clerk-related reports on its website.
The Auditor General reports on local government operations are available on its website.
Websites of Interest
Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers, Clerk Directory and Websites