CLERK OF COURT & COMPTROLLER
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
Affected Clerk services
In light of the Coronavirus crisis, the Brandon and South Shore Clerk’s offices will close to the public effective Monday, March 30, until further notice.
The closures were prompted by the “stay safer at home” order approved by the Hillsborough Emergency Policy Group on Thursday, which takes effect at 10PM on Friday, March 27.
The Clerk’s other customer service locations will be open 8AM to 5PM Monday through Friday at the George Edgecomb Courthouse and 419 E Pierce Street in downtown Tampa and the Plant City Courthouse, 301 N Michigan Avenue.
Marriage ceremonies and passport application processing already have been canceled at all Clerk’s locations until further notice. All jury trials are canceled through April 17.
Clerk Pat Frank encourages the public to stay at home if possible during this crisis to lessen exposure to COVID-19 disease. Many services can be conducted online at hillsclerk.com or by phone at (813) 276-8100.
Financial due dates: Due dates for fines and fees for criminal and traffic cases have been extended (read more below)
Evictions: The Sheriff will not serve any eviction notices before April 20, 2020 (read more below)
Jury: All jury duty is canceled through April 17, 2020 until further notice (read more below)
Court hearings: Many have been suspended or will be held virtually (read more below)
Service Locations Closed: Brandon and SouthShore offices closed starting Monday, March 30, 2020.
Marriage ceremonies: Canceled until further notice (read more below)
Passport applications: Canceled until further notice (read more below)
VAB meetings and hearings: Canceled until April 13, 2020
Hiring: All job postings and applications are suspended until further notice
Tax Deed Sales: Canceled until further notice
Good Friday holiday closure: The Clerk's offices will be closed in observance of Good Friday on Friday, April 10, 2020, and will re-open for limited business on Monday, April 13, 2020. If you require assistance with processing Injunctions for Protection Against Violence, staff will be available to assist you during the closure from 7AM until 10AM at the Edgecomb Courthouse, 800 E Twiggs Street.
Why are services affected?
The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group (EPG) declared a local state of emergency to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Clerk’s Office is closely monitoring the situation and taking steps to deal with the spread of COVID-19. We are working closely with our judicial and government partners on a coordinated response.
"As your clerk, the health of my employees and the public individuals is my TOP priority during this time of emergency," said Hillsborough Clerk of Court & Comptroller Pat Frank. "Most importantly, I encourage you to visit our 24/7 services link to learn how you as a customer can work remotely to reduce everyone's exposure while conducting your clerk's business. We, as your civil servants, will work with you to keep our community safe. Together, we will return to normal times again."
More details on affected services
Jury Duty and Court Hearings: 13th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ron Ficarrotta has ordered all jury trials to be suspended through April 17, 2020. If you were summoned for jury duty for any week during that period, you do not need to request an excuse or report for jury duty. All jury pools are canceled through April 17. If you have a court case appearance scheduled during this period, check hover.hillsclerk.com or with your attorney to see if your case is still being heard, if it has been rescheduled or if it will be held telephonically/virtually. See this Court announcement regarding limited court services and access to the courthouse.
Evictions: NOTICE TO ALL LANDLORDS - If you are a landlord planning to file an eviction notice with our office, please note that the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office will NOT serve any eviction notices before April 20, 2020. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, please DO NOT go to any Hillsborough Clerk’s Office or courthouse unless it is an urgent legal matter.
Financial due dates: In an effort to reduce the public’s exposure to COVID-19, the financial due dates set for March 18, 2020 through December 31, 2020 for all Criminal and Traffic cases have been extended for an additional 60 days, Hillsborough Clerk of Court & Comptroller Pat Frank announced Wednesday. “We hope this will ease the concerns many people have in our community as a result of the Coronavirus crisis,” Frank said. “It is also the latest attempt we have made to discourage the public from going to any of our offices. The safety of the public and my employees is my paramount concern.” In order to verify your extended financial due date go to our online case search portal. Search by your name or case number. The Financial Due Date will appear under the “Financial Information” window under the Summary Tab when viewing your case.
Marriage: All marriage ceremonies performed by the Clerk's Office are canceled until further notice. All appointments are canceled, and no new appointments will be taken. Marriage licenses will continue to be issued until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. The Clerk is not permitted to extend the expiration date of any marriage license nor waive the fees to renew it. It is not necessary to wait for the Clerk to perform the marriage. Please note that any commissioned notary public in Florida is authorized to perform marriage ceremonies.
Passport: No passport applications will be processed, and all appointments will be canceled. No new appointments will be taken until further notice. Check the U.S. Department of State website for information on their passport processing status.
What can I do while Clerk services are limited?
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