What You Should Know about Upcoming Changes to Florida's Trial Courts
Sarasota, FL---Starting January 1, 2020, the following changes take effect in Florida’s trial courts:
- County civil limits are doubling to $30,000. Limits on amounts in dispute for civil cases heard in county courts is doubling from $15,000 to $30,000.
- Small Claims limits are increasing to $8,000. Limits on amounts in dispute for small claims cases are increasing by 60 percent.
- Zero changes will be made to fees. Filing fees will remain the same and will not change, although there are changes in the dollar limits for amounts in dispute.
- Updated civil cover sheets are required. Starting January 1, 2020, filers must include a civil cover sheet that declares how much money is at stake in disputes exceeding $8,000.
Start off the new year in the right court. Looking for more details about these jurisdictional changes? Visit our website at SarasotaClerk.com.
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