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TAX DEED SALES RESCHEDULED

Effective April 1, 2020

As a result of COVID-19 and CDC recommendations, all Tax Deed sales scheduled for April 7, and May 5, 2020 have been rescheduled to Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.

For additional information about Tax Deeds, email TaxDeedClerk@sarasotaclerkandcomptroller.com or visit our tax deed sales information page.


FL SUPREME COURT EXTENDS JURY SUSPENSIONS

Effective March 25, 2020

In response to the new Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order 20-17 extending jury suspensions through April 17, 2020, anyone with a summons for jury duty dated between March 16, 2020, and April 17, 2020, is not required to go to court as jury trials during this time have been cancelled. 

For additional information, read the Impact of COVID on Jury Service in Florida (March 24, 2020).


DISCONTINUATION OF HAND DELIVERIES / DROP BOX SERVICES

Effective March 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Hand deliveries and drop box services will be discontinued at close of business (5:00 P.M.) on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Alternate delivery options are available.


NOTICE: LIMITED SERVICES AVAILABLE

CLERK AND COMPTROLLER'S OFFICES CONDUCTING LIMITED BUSINESS TO THE PUBLIC

Effective March 23, 2020 -- UPDATED March 25, 2020

COMPTROLLER SERVICES

BOARD RECORDS SERVICES

INTERNAL AUDIT AND OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL SERVICES

  • Report suspected Fraud, Waste, or Abuse
    • CALL: Fraud Hotline - 855-506-0304
    • MAIL: Fraud Hotline, P.O. Box 8, Sarasota, FL 34230
    • FAX: 941-861-5704
    • Learn about the Fraud Hotline service.

COURT SERVICES

YOU MAY ENTER THE OFFICE IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF ONE OF THESE SERVICES:

  1. Seeking Emergency Court Order for temporary injunction for domestic violence.
  2. Seeking Emergency Order regarding mental health issues.
  3. Emergency relief: Evictions or Child Pick Up Order (persons not represented by an attorney).
  4. Fines or court costs: Cash payments only for fines or court costs. For all others, pay online or mail your payment.
  5. Marriage applications: NO CEREMONIES WILL BE CONDUCTED.

RECORDING OFFICE SERVICES

FOR NOTICES OF COMMENCEMENT:

Those in need of a building permit who want to record a Notice of Commencement, please inquire how to electronically file, or mail your Notice to the Clerk and Comptroller, attention Recording Office.

The Recording Office will send your certified copy to the building department via electronic means to eliminate any additional delay. If you prefer to have your certified copy mailed to you, please advise at the time you are sending your recordable document to the office.

In an effort to stop the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19, the Sarasota Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller is closed to the public. Members of the public are urged to conduct their business online, via various e-services solutions, by phone, or by mail.

  • GO ONLINE: www.SarasotaClerk.com
  • INQUIRE BY PHONE: 941-861-7400
  • USE THE MAIL: P.O. Box 3079, Sarasota, FL 34230-3079

Thank you, stay safe and healthy.

Karen E. Rushing
Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller


PASSPORT SERVICES UPDATE

Effective March 19, 2020

The U.S. Department of State Passport Services closed all passport acceptance agencies on March 19, 2020. The Sarasota County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller is responding in support of this guidance by not accepting passport applications until further notice by the U.S. Department of State.


A MESSAGE FROM THE CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT AND COUNTY COMPTROLLER FOR SARASOTA COUNTY, FL

Effective March 17 - March 27, 2020

On March 13, 2020, the 12th Judicial Circuit Court issued Guidelines and Protocols during the COVID-19 Pandemic, which is intended to dramatically reduce the number of people reporting to courthouse facilities.

The Sarasota Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller is responding in support of the 12th Judicial Circuit's guidance by requesting customers to conduct their business online, via various e-Services solutions, by phone, or by mail service when one or more of these options are available.

Traffic Tickets or Court-Ordered Financial Obligations 

We strongly encourage individuals with traffic tickets or other outstanding court-ordered financial obligations, who are facing a hardship, to contact our office at 941-861-7400 to discuss the various options that may be available to you, such as reasonable payment plans. We know these are uncertain times for many, and our office is committed to working with you on a plan that best meets your circumstances.

For customer who are required to report to the Clerk and Comptroller's office because they require face-to-face contact to fulfill their service need, we are prepared to serve you in a controlled environment. Establishing a controlled environment for face-to-face service needs enables us to serve you, while adhering to the recommendations of the CDC and State Health Department to use universal precautions and social distancing practices. This may result in an increased wait time.

For more information regarding our online, by phone, and mail service options related to this notice, please visit our website at www.SarasotaClerk.com and click on the banner as it appears below:

Go online. Don't stand in line. Stop the spread of COVID-19.


Go Online. Don't Stand in Line.
Stop the Spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.

March 16, 2020

The Sarasota Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller is responding in support of the 12th Judicial Circuit's guidance by requesting customers to conduct their business online, via various e-Services solutions, by phone, or by mail service when one or more of these options are available.

We will continue working diligently to provide you options and access to the services you need. Should this event require any changes to our daily operations, we will post news on our website at www.SarasotaClerk.com; in the meantime, to request news, announcements and alerts by email, sign up for eNews and Announcements.

12th Judicial Circuit Guidelines and Protocols During COVID-19 Pandemic
COUNTY COURT
CIRCUIT CRIMINAL (FELONY) COURT
FIRST APPEARANCES
FAMILY, CIVIL, AND PROBATE / GUARDIANSHIP DIVISIONS, INCLUDING ALL MAGISTRATE HEARINGS
JUVENILE COURT
TREATMENT COURTS & SPECIALTY COURTS
MEDIATIONS - SCPT, COUNTY CIVIL, CDSP, FAMILY AND DEPENDENCY
 

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