COVID-19

Service Updates Amid COVID-19

Important information on resources and
office updates relating to the coronavirus


 

Longer Wait Times and Delays in Processing

We apologize for the longer wait times and delays in processing you are experiencing.

We have 80 fewer employees working on court matters due to an unexpected budget reduction of 46% this quarter.

With this 25% cut of our workforce, wait times will be longer and court files will not be processed as timely as when we are fully staffed.

Thank you for your understanding.

The funding model for Clerks’ offices is broken. You can help make this better by contacting your state legislator and let them know how you are being affected by this dramatic fluctuation in funding of your local Clerks.

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Coronavirus Updates

Information on this page will be updated regularly

The Clerk’s office values the health of our customers and employees. Several precautions have been taken to maintain a safer environment, such as providing employees with hand sanitizer and gloves. Facilities have also increased cleaning times in all county buildings and placed large containers of hand sanitizer in public areas. Everyone is encouraged to use telephones and video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings as much as possible. We have added new ways to interact, including online options and new Recording Services drop boxes at the Clearwater and St. Petersburg locations. Most importantly, we continue to monitor the situation and work closely with our judicial and government partners on a coordinated response to ensure the safety of our customers and employees.

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What's Changed:

We apologize for the longer wait times and delays in processing you are experiencing.

We have 80 fewer employees working on court matters due to an unexpected budget reduction of 46% this quarter.

With this 25% cut of our workforce, wait times will be longer and court files will not be processed as timely as when we are fully staffed.

Thank you for your understanding.

The funding model for Clerks’ offices is broken. You can help make this better by contacting your state legislator and let them know how you are being affected by this dramatic fluctuation in funding of your local Clerks.

With our new measures in place, the Florida Supreme Court has determined that jury trials may resume in Pinellas County. In response, Sixth Circuit Chief Judge Anthony Rondolino has directed the Pinellas Clerk of Courts to begin reissuing juror summons for trials scheduled to begin on October 26, 2020. Read Clerk Burke's letter regarding Jury Trials Scheduled to Resume October 26th.

Small Claims Pretrial Hearings are being conducted by Zoom and/or telephone. Below is the current meeting information:

For Small Claims Pretrial hearings scheduled on Tuesdays:

  • Visit zoom.us
  • Select Join A Meeting from the top menu
  • Type in 961 8996 9763 as the Meeting ID and click Join
  • Type in 447189 as the Meeting Password and click Join Meeting

If you are unable to appear by video, call:

  • 1 786 635 1003 US (Miami)
  • 1 470 250 9358 US (Atlanta)

Note: You will use the same Meeting ID and Password listed above for the call.

For Small Claims Pretrial hearings scheduled on Thursdays:

  • Visit zoom.us
  • Select Join A Meeting from the top menu
  • Type in 982 3863 8505 as the Meeting ID and click Join
  • Type in 098862 as the Meeting Password and click Join Meeting

If you are unable to appear by video, call:

  • 1 786 635 1003 US (Miami)
  • 1 470 250 9358 US (Atlanta)

Note: You will use the same Meeting ID and Password listed above for the call.

Per Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-23 Amendment 4 and Administrative Order 2020-008 effective Monday March 23, the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida will suspend assorted proceedings and hearings for an unspecified time, addressing only "mission critical" cases, such as first appearances, detention hearings, terminations of parental rights, issuance of warrants/authorization of wiretaps, and other emergency matters as determined by each judge. For more information, visit the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court website.

The Clerk's Record Center located at 14155 49th Street North has been permanently closed to the public. Records requests can be submitted online or by calling (727) 464-6171. All other office locations remain open during normal business hours.

As of Tuesday, March 24, all Clerk’s office job postings and applications have been suspended until further notice.

Effective May 18, the Clerk's office will resume performing marriage ceremonies at all three office locations in Downtown Clearwater, St. Petersburg and North County. The couple must have a valid marriage license. Please be advised that all CDC and social distancing guidelines will be followed and ceremonies may be performed outdoors depending on the location. No more than seven people (in addition to the couple) will be able to attend the ceremony.

Due to Passport Services in Miami closing to the public as of March 19, expedited passport applications will not be accepted. The Clerk's office remains fully operational and will be accepting routine passport applications. However, the normal processing times for passports may be impacted.

To discuss payment options regarding traffic citations or other outstanding court-ordered financial obligations, please contact our Customer Information Center at (727) 464-7000.

Executive Order (EO) 2020-211 suspends and tolls any statute providing for final action in the following, narrowly-defined cases, until September 30:

  • Mortgage foreclosure actions related to nonpayment of mortgages by single-family mortgagors adversely affected by the COVID-19 emergency, as determined by loss of employment, diminished wages or business income, or other monetary loss.
  • Eviction actions related to non-payment of rent by residential tenants adversely affected by COVID-19 as determined by loss of employment, diminished wages or business income, or other monetary loss.

Such cases may proceed up to, but not through, final judgment. If you have questions about whether your case meets this criteria, please speak with an attorney for assistance, as the Clerk cannot provide legal advice or guidance.

On April 28, 2020, Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners authorized two programs funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency assistance to those heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial assistance to individuals and families is managed by Pinellas County through 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares. Assistance to businesses that had to close or significantly reduce operations due to the pandemic is being provided through Pinellas CARES Small Business Grants.

The Clerk’s Spending in the Sunshine website provides information on CARES Act spending. Upon entering the website, select Expenditures and then Advanced Search. In the Spending Category field, enter COVID-19-Cares Act. This category is used only for the CARES Act individual, family and small business payments.

If you or your family have lost a job or income due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for one-time financial assistance to pay for basic expenses such as rent and utilities. You can only apply for assistance to cover COVID-19-related costs that have not already been paid for by insurance or by another federal program.

Pinellas County has broadened eligibility for individuals and families who need help with overdue rent, mortgage or utility bills through the Pinellas CARES Financial Assistance program. Text COVIDCARES to 898211 or visit the Pinellas CARES Financial Assistance page for more details. For other ways to cover some of your basic needs, please call 211 or visit the 211 website

During this time of social distancing for your convenience and safety, effective immediately we will be conducting attorney appointments by telephone only until further notice. Our attorneys are able to provide the same competent assistance over the phone as an in-person consultation. Although the attorney will not be able to view your respective forms, they are able to go page by page through your packet to ensure you have completed all sections required for you to file your paperwork. Be sure to make yourself available at the time of the appointment. Be advised that the attorney will make only two attempts to contact you at the number provided. Refunds will not be provided if you are unable to take the call at the designated appointment time nor will missed appointments be rescheduled. The Clerk appreciates your understanding during this time. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us:

  • Clearwater Office: (727) 464-5150
  • St. Petersburg Office (727) 582-7941

What's the Same:

The Clerk’s office continues to accept domestic violence injunction petitions at our offices located in Downtown Clearwater, St. Petersburg and the Pinellas County Justice Center. These cases will continue to be scheduled for return hearings if ordered by the court.

  • Make payments at any Amscot location.
  • Pay tickets and fines online.
  • Pay by phone at (727) 464-4846.
  • Drop Boxes are available at multiple locations. They offer a convenient way to pay fees, deliver court documents or other correspondence. Please do not include cash payments as we cannot be responsible for missing payments, etc.

Drop Boxes are available at multiple locations. They offer a convenient way to pay fees, deliver court documents or other correspondence. Please do not include cash payments as we cannot be responsible for missing payments, etc.

Electronically record documents such as mortgages, deeds and other official records.

Bid on Tax Deed Sales online.

Start a marriage license application by filling out the required EMarriage Application online prior to coming into the Clerk’s office. Marriage licenses are still being processed at our offices located in Downtown Clearwater, St. Petersburg and North County.

Search and download most official records online.

Search and download many court records online.