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What You Should Know about Upcoming Changes to Florida's Trial Courts

Post Date:01/01/2020

Office of Karen E. Rushing, Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller, Sarasota County, Florida 

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.

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What You Should Know about Upcoming Changes to Florida's Trial Courts

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