Florida State Court System
Understanding how the system of Florida state court works is very important as it helps you find court records easily.
Florida Courts Overview
The trial court system of Florida State consists of Miami-Dade County Courts, County Courts, and Circuit Courts.
To make your work easier, start searching for court records in Florida by simply going to courts by county.
Florida Circuit Courts
Florida Circuit Courts have general jurisdiction to handle all criminal and civil cases. However, they typically hear only those cases that County Courts have no jurisdiction to handle.
Typical civil cases that Circuit Courts handle include general civil claims that exceed $15,000, excluding attorney fees and interest. They also handle majority of cases that request injunctive relief, all actions that involve the boundaries or title of real property, and some landlord-tenant cases. Typical criminal cases that these courts handle include lesser-included offenses and felonies.
They also handle family law cases, abuse prevention orders, juvenile matters, probate matters, and mental cases. Family law cases that these courts handle include child support, divorce and child custody. Juvenile cases include majority of juvenile delinquency cases and child protection cases. Probate cases include guardianship, estates, trusts and wills. Mental Health cases handled by Circuit Courts include involuntary hospitalization.
These courts also provide a simplified procedure for some divorce cases and also handle juvenile traffic offenses.
Florida County Courts
These courts have exclusive jurisdiction to handle certain criminal and civil cases. Typical criminal cases that these courts handle include violations of county and municipal ordinance and most misdemeanors. They also hear some juvenile traffic offenses.
These courts handle most equity and civil cases with claims for less than $15,000, excluding costs and interest. County Courts share jurisdiction over disputes in most landlord-tenant cases and certain misdemeanor’s associations with Circuit Courts.
With the authorization of the Circuit Court, or if the Circuit Court Judge is not available, County Courts can issue provisional orders for emergency hospitalization.
Florida Miami-Dade County Courts
The way the courts in Miami-Dade County are organized is different from how other courts in other counties in Florida are organized. In this county, the jurisdiction of County Court and Circuit Court is not only combined, but is also organized into the following divisions:
- Civil Court
- Criminal Court
- Family Court
- Juvenile Court
- Traffic Court
The Miami-Dade County Civil Court division is further organized into sections for County Civil and Circuit Civil cases. The Circuit Civil case section handles majority of civil cases when the disputed amount exceeds $15,000. Besides landlord-tenant cases, the County Civil section also provides a simplified Small Claims procedure for majority of cases with less than $15,000 amount in dispute.
Miami-Dade Criminal Court division is also organized further into sections for County Criminal and Circuit Criminal cases. The County Criminal section handles municipal ordinance violations, certain civil infractions and misdemeanor criminal cases. The Circuit Criminal section on the other hand handles felonies and other related criminal cases.
The Family Court Division of Miami-Dade County handles probate cases and domestic relations cases. The typical cases that this court hear include mental health cases, guardianships, estates, name changes, paternity, child support, adoption, child custody, divorce and dissolution of marriage.
The Juvenile Court division hears juvenile dependency and juvenile delinquency cases.
The Traffic Court division in Miami-Dade County handles all the traffic citations.
Besides the court divisions, there are also separate District Courts in Miami-Dade County with exclusive jurisdiction to handle certain types of cases.
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