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Florida Office of the State Courts Administrator
County Civil ˜ Overview
The County Civil division includes the following five categories of civil cases: small
claims (up to $5,000), civil ($5,001 to $15,000), other civil, evictions, and civil traffic
infractions. Within these categories are the following case types:
Small Claims (up to $5,000) - small claims (up to $5,000)
Civil ($5,001 to $15,000) - civil ($5,001 to $15,000)
Other Civil - replevins and other civil13
Evictions - evictions
Civil Traffic Infractions - civil traffic infractions (involving a judge or hearing officer)
The Summary Reporting System does not directly capture civil traffic cases. These
data are reported independently by clerks of court to the Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). The DHSMV then provides these data annually
to the Office of the State Courts Administrator. Most traffic infraction cases are
disposed by the payment of a fine and do not require judicial involvement. Thus, civil
traffic infraction statistics have been adjusted to exclude non-judicial cases from this
reporting.
In the County Civil division, Filings correspond to each complaint or petition filed.
Dispositions correspond to each complaint or petition disposed. Jury Trials are
defined as trials in which a group of citizens is impaneled, selected and sworn to
determine the issues of fact in a case.
COUNTY CIVIL FILINGS & DISPOSITIONS*
FY 1999-00 to FY 2008-09
3,000,000
2,612,586
2,500,000 2,338,543
2,032,496
1,981,537 2,434,778
2,000,000 1,839,320
1,684,375 1,684,289
1,484,049 1,900,754 1,877,922
1,813,081
1,500,000 1,732,757
1,027,005 1,735,126
1,596,257
973,363
1,000,000 1,251,229
500,000
913,337 933,526
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99/00 00/01 01/02 02/03 03/04 04/05 05/06 06/07 07/08 08/09
Fiscal Year
Filings Dispositions
*For fiscal year 2001-02 and fiscal year 2008-09, the increase in county court filings and dispositions is attributed
to a refinement in the methodology used to calculate civil traffic infraction activity and better reporting.
13Other civil cases include: non-monetary equity matters, control of animals, interred bodies, injunctive relief,
declaratory judgments, and other similar events.
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County Civil ˜ Filings
COUNTY CIVIL FILINGS
Statewide by Category, Case Type, and Month
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FY 2008-09
Category/
Case Type Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total
Small Claims
(up to 13,124 16,661 20,655 21,482 20,674 19,610 16,774 19,884 20,756 21,503 19,008 19,334 229,465
$5,000)
Small Claims
(up to 13,124 16,661 20,655 21,482 20,674 19,610 16,774 19,884 20,756 21,503 19,008 19,334 229,465
$5,000)
Civil ($5,001
6,725 8,322 10,356 10,723 9,781 10,632 9,862 11,517 13,298 14,371 11,679 12,710 129,976
to $15,000)
Civil ($5,001
6,725 8,322 10,356 10,723 9,781 10,632 9,862 11,517 13,298 14,371 11,679 12,710 129,976
to $15,000)
Other Civil 613 591 600 734 536 741 749 901 860 728 708 796 8,557
Replevins 246 290 258 360 245 354 401 380 335 291 300 303 3,763
Other Civil 367 301 342 374 291 387 348 521 525 437 408 493 4,794
Evictions 12,038 12,174 13,458 13,596 10,095 11,793 11,479 8,777 9,437 10,139 10,923 11,407 135,316
Evictions 12,038 12,174 13,458 13,596 10,095 11,793 11,479 8,777 9,437 10,139 10,923 11,407 135,316
Civil Traffic* 180,911 164,442 166,916 165,555 152,316 142,616 166,225 152,327 167,008 157,503 164,741 150,904 1,931,464
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Civil Traffic
180,911 164,442 166,916 165,555 152,316 142,616 166,225 152,327 167,008 157,503 164,741 150,904 1,931,464
Infractions*
Total 213,411 202,190 211,985 212,090 193,402 185,392 205,089 193,406 211,359 204,244 207,059 195,151 2,434,778
*These data do not include all Civil Traffic Infractions reported to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles by the clerks of court. They only represent those Civil Traffic Infraction filings involving a judge or
hearing officer.
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County Civil ˜ Filings
COUNTY CIVIL FILINGS
by Category
FY 2008-09
Small Claims Evictions
(up to $5,000) 5.6%
9.4% Civil
($5,001 to
$15,000)
5.3%
Other Civil
0.4%
Civil Traffic
Infractions
79.3%
COUNTY CIVIL FILINGS
by Circuit Size*
FY 2008-09
Large
(243,125
Average)
79.9%
Small
(21,530
Average)
4.4%
Medium
(54,590
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Average)
15.7%
*Small Circuits- 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 14th, 16th;
Medium Circuits- 1st, 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th, 18th, 19th;
Large Circuits- 4th, 6th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 20th (as defined in the Glossary).
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County Civil ˜ Filings
COUNTY CIVIL FILINGS
by Case Type and Circuit
1
FY 2008-09
Small Claims Civil Civil Traffic
Circuit (up to $5,000) ($5,001 to $15,000) Replevins Other Civil Evictions Infractions* Total
1 7,151 3,217 96 162 2,780 30,110 43,516
2 5,558 1,849 118 25 3,169 12,658 23,377
3 1,948 896 95 28 537 11,508 15,012
4 12,895 6,889 197 352 12,964 138,292 171,589
5 9,866 5,689 198 91 3,593 40,563 60,000
6 14,284 8,672 294 129 8,311 52,594 84,284
7 8,552 4,573 214 41 4,700 45,357 63,437
8 4,494 1,546 107 6 2,090 27,778 36,021
9 18,688 10,416 254 163 14,297 104,534 148,352
10 8,560 4,138 484 198 3,467 33,638 50,485
11 43,471 21,135 212 2,363 21,086 652,344 740,611
12 6,884 4,159 54 362 3,550 27,318 42,327
13 15,319 9,763 377 220 11,459 103,896 141,034
14 3,442 1,359 142 0 1,250 18,695 24,888
15 14,755 9,515 289 23 9,213 194,079 227,874
16 707 455 5 54 381 6,750 8,352
9 17
18
25,454
9,440
18,015
5,621
223
143
353
46
17,912
5,962
293,651
57,467
355,608
78,679
19 6,463 3,826 121 50 3,243 29,984 43,687
20 11,534 8,243 140 128 5,352 50,248 75,645
Total 229,465 129,976 3,763 4,794 135,316 1,931,464 2,434,778
*These data do not include all Civil Traffic Infractions reported to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles by the clerks of court. They only represent those Civil Traffic Infraction filings involving a judge or
hearing officer.
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County Civil ˜ Filings
COUNTY CIVIL FILINGS
by Category and Circuit/County
FY 2008-09
Small Claims Civil Civil Traffic
Circuit/County (up to $5,000) ($5,001 to $15,000) Other Civil Evictions Infractions* Total
Circuit 1 7,151 3,217 258 2,780 30,110 43,516
Escambia 3,167 1,443 134 1,560 10,639 16,943
Okaloosa 2,068 804 77 715 10,709 14,373
Santa Rosa 1,292 627 31 338 5,780 8,068
Walton 624 343 16 167 2,982 4,132
Circuit 2 5,558 1,849 143 3,169 12,658 23,377
Franklin 106 27 41 22 474 670
Gadsden 698 225 58 151 5,058 6,190
Jefferson 81 85 1 24 2,176 2,367
Leon 4,349 1,350 30 2,896 3,066 11,691
Liberty 49 23 1 7 422 502
Wakulla 275 139 12 69 1,462 1,957
Circuit 3 1,948 896 123 537 11,508 15,012
Columbia 718 403 60 350 3,553 5,084
Dixie 158 69 5 6 1,181 1,419
Hamilton 149 37 5 20 1,146 1,357
Lafayette 82 12 1 14 158 267
Madison 190 60 5 42 2,812 3,109
Suwannee 423 228 21 70 1,285 2,027
Taylor
Circuit 4
228
12,895
87
6,889
26
549
35
12,964
1,373
138,292
1,749
171,589
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Clay 1,681 1,039 48 885 7,603 11,256
Duval 10,596 5,497 482 11,866 128,487 156,928
Nassau 618 353 19 213 2,202 3,405
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County Civil ˜ Filings
COUNTY CIVIL FILINGS, Continued
by Category and Circuit/County
1
FY 2008-09
Small Claims Civil Civil Traffic
Circuit/County (up to $5,000) ($5,001 to $15,000) Other Civil Evictions Infractions* Total
Circuit 5 9,866 5,689 289 3,593 40,563 60,000
Citrus 1,328 642 41 342 3,995 6,348
Hernando 2,209 1,105 28 580 8,939 12,861
Lake 2,699 1,815 51 1,289 12,547 18,401
Marion 3,266 1,913 128 1,260 10,125 16,692
Sumter 364 214 41 122 4,957 5,698
Circuit 6 14,284 8,672 423 8,311 52,594 84,284
Pasco 4,427 2,826 185 2,015 15,150 24,603
Pinellas 9,857 5,846 238 6,296 37,444 59,681
Circuit 7 8,552 4,573 255 4,700 45,357 63,437
Flagler 1,008 526 41 440 3,473 5,488
Putnam 810 334 33 335 2,341 3,853
St. Johns 1,562 885 55 593 10,030 13,125
Volusia 5,172 2,828 126 3,332 29,513 40,971
Circuit 8 4,494 1,546 113 2,090 27,778 36,021
Alachua 3,321 1,052 46 1,784 19,327 25,530
Baker 268 51 14 41 1,708 2,082
Bradford 257 139 18 99 4,034 4,547
Gilchrist 145 78 2 18 598 841
9 Levy 384 181 19 97 1,700 2,381
Union 119 45 14 51 411 640
Circuit 9 18,688 10,416 417 14,297 104,534 148,352
Orange 14,984 8,473 312 12,582 81,322 117,673
Osceola 3,704 1,943 105 1,715 23,212 30,679
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County Civil ˜ Filings
COUNTY CIVIL FILINGS, Continued
by Category and Circuit/County
FY 2008-09
Small Claims Civil Other Civil Traffic
Circuit/County (up to $5,000) ($5,001 to $15,000) Civil Evictions Infractions* Total
Circuit 10 8,560 4,138 682 3,467 33,638 50,485
Hardee 190 95 6 59 2,132 2,482
Highlands 989 542 0 232 4,066 5,829
Polk 7,381 3,501 676 3,176 27,440 42,174
Circuit 11 43,471 21,135 2,575 21,086 652,344 740,611
Miami-Dade 43,471 21,135 2,575 21,086 652,344 740,611
Circuit 12 6,884 4,159 416 3,550 27,318 42,327
Desoto 236 127 1 72 1,065 1,501
Manatee 2,609 1,671 146 1,827 10,904 17,157
Sarasota 4,039 2,361 269 1,651 15,349 23,669
Circuit 13 15,319 9,763 597 11,459 103,896 141,034
Hillsborough 15,319 9,763 597 11,459 103,896 141,034
Circuit 14 3,442 1,359 142 1,250 18,695 24,888
Bay 1,762 831 76 1,043 10,108 13,820
Calhoun 95 78 22 23 1,134 1,352
Gulf 160 68 13 17 377 635
Holmes 159 95 9 43 1,258 1,564
Jackson 963 187 22 90 4,067 5,329
Washington 303 100 0 34 1,751 2,188
Circuit 15
Palm Beach
14,755
14,755
9,515
9,515
312
312
9,213
9,213
194,079
194,079
227,874
227,874
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Circuit 16 707 455 59 381 6,750 8,352
Monroe 707 455 59 381 6,750 8,352
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County Civil ˜ Filings
COUNTY CIVIL FILINGS, Continued
by Category and Circuit/County
1
FY 2008-09
Small Claims Civil Civil Traffic
Circuit/County Other Civil Evictions Total
(up to $5,000) ($5,001 to $15,000) Infractions*
Circuit 17 25,454 18,015 576 17,912 293,651 355,608
Broward 25,454 18,015 576 17,912 293,651 355,608
Circuit 18 9,440 5,621 189 5,962 57,467 78,679
Brevard 4,784 3,005 98 2,833 28,454 39,174
Seminole 4,656 2,616 91 3,129 29,013 39,505
Circuit 19 6,463 3,826 171 3,243 29,984 43,687
Indian River 1,430 759 21 607 6,233 9,050
Martin 1,181 856 31 586 7,525 10,179
Okeechobee 370 198 25 102 1,562 2,257
St. Lucie 3,482 2,013 94 1,948 14,664 22,201
Circuit 20 11,534 8,243 268 5,352 50,248 75,645
Charlotte 1,518 1,048 28 633 5,766 8,993
Collier 2,946 2,189 88 1,415 14,421 21,059
Glades 43 42 1 25 1,487 1,598
Hendry 476 173 3 124 1,570 2,346
Lee 6,551 4,791 148 3,155 27,004 41,649
State Total 229,465 129,976 8,557 135,316 1,931,464 2,434,778
*These data do not include all Civil Traffic Infractions reported to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles by the clerks of court. They only represent those Civil Traffic Infraction filings involving a judge or
hearing officer.
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County Civil ˜ Dispositions
COUNTY CIVIL DISPOSITIONS
Statewide by Category, Case Type, and Month
FY 2008-09
Category/
Case Type Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total
Small Claims
(up to 23,011 23,369 20,842 24,163 19,262 21,223 19,768 19,638 21,570 19,862 18,868 21,148 252,724
$5,000)
Small Claims
(up to 23,011 23,369 20,842 24,163 19,262 21,223 19,768 19,638 21,570 19,862 18,868 21,148 252,724
$5,000)
Civil ($5,001
9,483 9,126 8,321 9,879 7,323 8,917 8,018 8,739 10,148 9,773 9,052 11,084 109,863
to $15,000)
Civil ($5,001
9,483 9,126 8,321 9,879 7,323 8,917 8,018 8,739 10,148 9,773 9,052 11,084 109,863
to $15,000)
Other Civil 718 556 644 718 567 652 585 681 834 766 600 717 8,038
Replevins 277 253 237 336 265 267 302 363 403 383 265 306 3,657
Other Civil 441 303 407 382 302 385 283 318 431 383 335 411 4,381
Evictions 14,504 13,143 12,631 13,785 10,599 11,890 12,355 11,057 10,520 9,610 10,403 12,131 142,628
Evictions 14,504 13,143 12,631 13,785 10,599 11,890 12,355 11,057 10,520 9,610 10,403 12,131 142,628
Civil Traffic* 173,349 167,182 168,124 181,851 146,619 176,336 179,646 175,416 196,549 189,375 165,709 179,177 2,099,333
Civil Traffic
Infractions*
173,349 167,182 168,124 181,851 146,619 176,336 179,646 175,416 196,549 189,375 165,709 179,177 2,099,333
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Total 221,065 213,376 210,562 230,396 184,370 219,018 220,372 215,531 239,621 229,386 204,632 224,257 2,612,586
*These data do not include all Civil Traffic Infractions reported to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles by the clerks of court. They only represent those Civil Traffic Infraction dispositions involving a judge
or hearing officer.
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County Civil ˜ Dispositions
COUNTY CIVIL DISPOSITIONS
by Category
1
FY 2008-09
Civil Traffic
Infractions
80.4%
Other Civil
0.3%
Small Claims
(up to $5,000)
9.7%
Evictions
5.5%
Civil
($5,001 to
$15,000)
4.2%
COUNTY CIVIL DISPOSITIONS
by Circuit Size*
FY 2008-09
Large
(269,726
Small
Average)
(19,541
82.6%
Average)
3.7%
9 Medium
(51,011
Average)
13.7%
*Small Circuits- 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 14th, 16th;
Medium Circuits- 1st, 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th, 18th, 19th;
Large Circuits- 4th, 6th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 20th (as defined in the Glossary).
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County Civil ˜ Dispositions
COUNTY CIVIL DISPOSITIONS
by Case Type and Circuit
FY 2008-09
Small Claims Civil Civil Traffic
Circuit (up to $5,000) ($5,001 to $15,000) Replevins Other Civil Evictions Infractions* Total
1 7,496 2,628 96 146 3,272 20,115 33,753
2 5,581 1,751 96 21 3,301 15,078 25,828
3 2,185 737 83 22 619 8,634 12,280
4 15,763 7,045 180 305 14,211 177,712 215,216
5 10,382 4,827 167 71 3,705 34,024 53,176
6 18,417 7,685 412 98 8,514 56,514 91,640
7 9,611 4,126 194 30 5,696 48,715 68,372
8 4,745 1,457 97 2 1,961 24,178 32,440
9 20,135 8,672 240 130 16,813 95,001 140,991
10 10,603 3,933 564 204 4,537 24,511 44,352
11 50,365 18,855 178 1,972 20,758 814,806 906,934
12 5,661 2,690 32 463 2,722 22,462 34,030
13 16,637 8,252 358 276 12,050 103,741 141,314
14 3,590 1,213 96 1 1,420 13,320 19,640
15 13,080 6,030 246 15 8,048 188,692 216,111
16 734 341 1 49 332 6,060 7,517
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17 30,774 16,506 284 374 21,026 305,270 374,234
18 8,218 3,861 101 46 4,998 62,952 80,176
19 6,941 3,085 101 29 3,277 29,785 43,218
20 11,806 6,169 131 127 5,368 47,763 71,364
Total 252,724 109,863 3,657 4,381 142,628 2,099,333 2,612,586
*These data do not include all Civil Traffic Infractions reported to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles by the clerks of court. They only represent those Civil Traffic Infraction dispositions involving a judge
or hearing officer.
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County Civil ˜ Dispositions
COUNTY CIVIL DISPOSITIONS
by Category and Circuit/County
1
FY 2008-09
Small Claims Civil Civil Traffic
Circuit/County (up to $5,000) ($5,001 to $15,000) Other Civil Evictions Infractions* Total
Circuit 1 7,496 2,628 242 3,272 20,115 33,753
Escambia 3,259 1,202 129 1,590 5,179 11,359
Okaloosa 2,239 669 65 847 9,587 13,407
Santa Rosa 1,391 479 37 323 3,557 5,787
Walton 607 278 11 512 1,792 3,200
Circuit 2 5,581 1,751 117 3,301 15,078 25,828
Franklin 174 42 39 34 471 760
Gadsden 798 222 49 155 8,891 10,115
Jefferson 121 112 3 41 1,668 1,945
Leon 4,201 1,253 23 3,011 1,506 9,994
Liberty 50 14 1 3 750 818
Wakulla 237 108 2 57 1,792 2,196
Circuit 3 2,185 737 105 619 8,634 12,280
Columbia 854 352 45 442 2,862 4,555
Dixie 110 35 2 3 1,075 1,225
Hamilton 118 31 5 19 645 818
Lafayette 45 23 1 7 137 213
Madison 266 59 4 38 1,631 1,998
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Suwannee 564 172 22 75 769 1,602
Taylor 228 65 26 35 1,515 1,869
Circuit 4 15,763 7,045 485 14,211 177,712 215,216
Clay 2,376 1,114 42 1,009 14,352 18,893
Duval 12,705 5,669 436 12,912 156,517 188,239
Nassau 682 262 7 290 6,843 8,084
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County Civil ˜ Dispositions
COUNTY CIVIL DISPOSITIONS, Continued
by Category and Circuit/County
FY 2008-09
Small Claims Civil Civil Traffic
Circuit/County (up to $5,000) ($5,001 to $15,000) Other Civil Evictions Infractions* Total
Circuit 5 10,382 4,827 238 3,705 34,024 53,176
Citrus 1,506 637 35 444 3,870 6,492
Hernando 2,448 990 18 615 8,029 12,100
Lake 2,512 1,364 47 1,004 13,034 17,961
Marion 3,462 1,631 108 1,489 6,681 13,371
Sumter 454 205 30 153 2,410 3,252
Circuit 6 18,417 7,685 510 8,514 56,514 91,640
Pasco 4,794


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