FLORIDA SMALL CLAIMS COURTS

Addresses and information on Florida small claims courts and filings.

A person can file a claim in small claims court if he/she has a dispute involving a certain amount of money with another person, company or government agency.


Most common claims in small claims courts involve:

  • Auto Accidents - Someone dents your vehicle and refuses to pay for the repairs.
  • Poor Services Rendered - A dry cleaning company ruins your favorite dress and will not pay for or replace it.
  • Small Loans - Someone refuses to pay you back the money he/she borrowed.
  • Defected New Products - Your new chair breaks but the store will not fix it or return your money.
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues - The property owner or landlord refuses to return your security deposit, even after certifying the place was left in in good condition.

Things to bring to court:

2 photocopies of every original document (one for the defendant, one for the court).

Original copies of all papers you need to help prove the case (contracts, letters, rental agreements, canceled checks, deeds, repair bills, IOUs, diagrams, written damage estimates, photographs or even drawings.)

The piece of clothing or the appliance damaged by the defendant, if that's the case.

Any witness that could help the case. Some judges allow notarized statements by witness that cannot appear in court.

Small Claims Courts Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. (If not, a guardian appointed by the court will sue for the minor.)
  • Be of sound mind or mentally competent. (If not, a guardian appointed by the court will sue for the incapacitated.)
  • There are no juries in small claims courts.
  • No objections are allowed.
  • United States citizen and non-citizens can use the small claims court.
  • Either the plaintiff (the person who is suing) or the defendant (the person being sued) are allowed to speak with an attorney before coming to court, but lawyers are not allowed in the court with you. You must be a Pro Se litigant (represent yourself.)

Hearing dates are usually set on some evenings or on Saturday (once a month.)

Hearing is scheduled within 40 days in most cases (up to 70 days if one litigant does not live in the same county).

The amount that could be recovered is limited, and it varies from state to state (from $1,500 to 10,000 Dollars.)

FLORIDA SMALL CLAIMS COURTS

City of Jacksonville Clerk of The Circuit & County Courts Jacksonville, FL 32099-0001 Phone:(904) 630-7559

US District Court 200 W Forsyth St Jacksonville, FL 32202-4349 Phone:(904) 232-3039

U S Government Court Administrator/Clerk of Court 301 N Miami Ave Ste 150 Miami, FL 33128-7700 Phone:(305) 523-5100

Clerk of Courts 111 NW 1st St Ste 2810 Miami, FL 33128-1930 Phone:(305) 375-2333

Clerk of Courts 22 NW 1st St Miami, FL 33128-1847 Phone:(305) 275-1133

Clerk of Courts 73 W Flagler St Miami, FL 33130-1731 Phone:(305) 275-115

District Court 300 Ne 1st Ave Ste 315 Miami, FL 33132-2134 Phone:(305) 523-5640

Clerk Circuit and Cnty Courts 505 N East St Tampa, FL 33602-3552 Phone:(813) 276-8100

Second District Court Appeal 1700 N Tampa St Tampa, FL 33602-2606 Phone:(813) 272-3430

Courts Circuit 545 1 Ave N Largo, FL 33770 Phone:(727) 582-7788

Polk County Clerk of Court 255 N Broadway Ave Bartow, FL 33830-3912 Phone:(863) 534-4366

Manatee County Circuit Court 1115 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205-7803 Phone:(941) 749-7190

U S Government District Court Clerks Office 401 W Central Blvd Orlando, FL 32801-0401 Phone: (407) 835-4200

Clerk of Courts - Florida Small Claims Courts 425 N Orange Ave Lbby Orlando, FL 32801-1544 Phone: (407) 836-2034

U S Government District Court Judges      Orlando, FL 32801       Phone:(407) 835-4301

Pinellas County Clerk of The Circuit Court        14250 49th St N Clearwater, FL 33762-2800        Phone: (727) 464-7000

Leon County Clerk of Circult Court Tallahassee, FL 32301 Phone: (850) 577-4150

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