Public Access

What types of Online Services are provided by the Clerk of Courts?

The Broward Clerk of the Courts website provides access to Civil, Criminal, and Probate case information, Fine Payments and Driver License Reinstatements. This link provides a complete list of all Online Services. Not all court progress dockets will have electronic case records available for viewing, especially older case records that have not been electronically filed. No remote access is available for images of Family, Juvenile and Probate case records governed by the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure, or Florida Probate Rules, pursuant to s. 28.2221(5)(a), F.S. Click this link to request copies of court records.

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What is the Online Case Search Record History?

  1. *Circuit Civil case records were automated in 1989 and include prior cases that were open or subsequently reopened.
  2. *County Civil case records were automated in 1990 and include prior cases that were open or subsequently reopened.
  3. *Felony, **Misdemeanor and **Traffic case records were automated in 1986 and include any cases that were open during or reopened after the 1986 conversion.
  4. *Probate case records were automated in 1992 and include prior cases that were open or subsequently reopened.

*Circuit Civil, County Civil, Felony and Probate case records remain in the Clerk's computer system unless they are removed by court order. This link provides more information on what type of case records can be accessed through the Archives division.

**Closed Misdemeanor and traffic cases are occasionally purged from the Clerk’s computer system after meeting purging requirements. This link provides more information on How do I Request Copies of Purged Misdemeanor or traffic Case Records?

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How Do I Perform a Case Search?

A Case Search provides the user with detailed case information (at no cost).

  1. Go to the Clerk of the Courts home page www.browardclerk.org, from the Online Services link, select Case Search
  2. To perform a general search using the Party Name leave "All" in the Court Type drop down menu. If you would like to search by a specific Court Type click on the drop down menu to make your selection.
  3. On the Case Search screen, you can perform a search by Party Name, Business Name, Case Number or Citation Number.

To Search by Party Name: Enter party's last and first name, and then click Search. If the case party is in the system the information will be displayed on the following Search Result screen.

To Search by Business Name: Enter the Business Name, and then click Search. If the case party is in the system the information will be displayed on the following Search Result screen.

To Search by Case Number: Enter the Case Number in the proper case number format, and click Search. If the results are available they will be displayed on the following Search Result screen.

To Search by Citation Number: Enter the Citation Number without any dashes or spaces and click Search. If the results are available they will be displayed on the following Search Result screen.

To view the Case Detail click on the desired case number.

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What if my case is not listed in the Case Search Results?

First, verify that the search criteria used is for a “Broward County” case.

If it is a new Broward County case, rerun your search at a later date until the case is entered into the system.

Record searches are limited to the first 200 results. Only 10 cases are listed on each search results page. If your search returned more than 10 cases, there will be a list of additional search results pages at the bottom of the screen. Review all search results pages to find your case. Once you find the case, select the Case Number to view the case detail.

For better search results, please refine your search criteria. Search results can be sorted by clicking on column headings and can also be filtered by clicking on the filter icon located to the right of the column heading.

If your case is not listed on any search results page, you may enter a new search by clicking on "Case Search" and using a different search criteria. Using different search criteria may help to return your case. For example, if your party name search is not returned, try performing a partial name search. If your case number search is not returned, make sure you are using the proper case number format for Online searches.

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What is a partial name search?

A partial name search provides the ability to perform a search on part of a name. A Partial Name search will return all cases matching that part of a name. If you do not know how to spell a party’s Last Name, you may search by the starting letters in the party’s name. If you think the party’s last name is "Anderson" or "Andersen", enter "Ander" in the Last Name field and select the Partial Name Search checkbox. All cases that have party last names starting with "Ander" will be returned by your search. The Partial Name search may also be used with Business or Organization Names.

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What is Disposition Entered?

Case and charge status of "disposition entered" signifies that although either a Court ruled on or disposed of the underlying case or charge, or it was otherwise disposed of by operation of law, it nonetheless allows for the possibility that there may still be other actions or matters pending or due on or related to that case or charge, including but not limited to, fine, fee or cost payments due; probation, restitution or special conditions pending; attorney's fees motions pending; defendant declared unable to stand trial and committed to a hospital; appeals pending; and others. For complete and accurate case disposition information, always refer to the entire case record and documents associated with a specific case record. This link will assist you in submitting a request for court records.

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Does the type of citation affect my search?

No, the type of Citation will not affect your search. Entering the unique citation number for a Parking, Traffic or Notice to Appear (NTA) Number will return your case information regardless of citation type.

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Can I combine Case Search criteria?

Under any search page or tab, you may combine the search criteria by filling the required data fields and any or all of the remaining optional data fields (if available).

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May I combine search criteria across tabs?

No, each tab is a separate search and cannot be combined with other tab searches.

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What is a State Reporting Number?

A State Reporting Number is a number that uniquely identifies your case in the State of Florida. On July 6, 1998, an administrative order was issued by the Supreme Court of Florida adopting a Uniform Case Numbering System for the Florida Courts System. The Case Number System includes a unique identifier that will distinguish the origin of a case, type of case, year of the filing and the numerical sequence of a case when case numbers are displayed externally in an automated format for public access.

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How are companion cases defined?

A companion case is defined as a case whose case number has been modified, but the actual case has the same parties and same charges/counts. For example, if a case is moved to a different courthouse location, the case number will change. There are two case numbers on record for the same case, but only the most recent one will have completely up-to-date information. These cases are companion cases.

Companion cases have an alpha character following the case number. Example: 'A' denotes the first companion case; 'B' denotes the second companion case, etc.

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How are transferred cases defined?

A transferred case is defined as an actual case having the same date of incident and same charges/counts. The case number has been changed to a new case number, when one case or count is transferred to another case, location or authority. There may be multiple case numbers on record for the same case, but only the most recent one will have completely up-to-date information. A case transfer may be done for many reasons:

* Transfer to central Courthouse for jury trial, Drug Court Division (criminal cases).

* Transfer to other authority (I.e., Juvenile, fugitive, etc.)

* Transfer to the Felony Division.

* Transfer Companion to another case number when there are multiple defendants on a case.

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What is the ID Type?

The ID Type identifies, by name or number, the individual that the search is being performed. The information found within the listing is as follows:

Bar ID: Bar ID: A unique identification number assigned to attorneys by the Florida Bar Association.

BCCN: A "Broward County Control Number"(BCCN) is generated by the Broward Sheriff's Office to uniquely identify a defendant.

Judges, General Magistrates and Hearing Officers: Click Here to view the Division ID numbers for Judges, General Magistrates and Hearing Officers of the 17th Judicial Circuit.

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What is Court Type?

Court Type identifies the type of case within an area of the court system. The information found within the listing is as follows:

Civil Division – Circuit Court: The Division of the Courts in which cases are filed where the amount of controversy exceeds $15,000. This Division also handles mortgage foreclosures in excess of $15,000.

Civil Division – County Court: The Division of the Courts in which cases are filed where the amount of controversy does not exceed $15,000. This Division also handles mortgage foreclosures and Tenant Evictions.

Civil Division – Family Court: The Division of the Courts, where the issue in controversy entails family matters such as divorces, adoptions, domestic violence and child support.

Code Violation: Relate to cases filed within the County Civil Division. These can include abandoned cars, unkempt property or a building contractor or tradesman practicing without being licensed by the County.

Criminal Appeal: When a party dissatisfied with a decision of the judge appeals to a higher court to reverse the decision.

Felony: A felony is a serious crime such as murder, robbery, sexual assault or grand theft. A felony conviction could result in a State prison sentence, loss of certain civil rights and possible exclusion from certain jobs.

Misdemeanor: A crime less serious than a felony.

Municipal Ordinance: A case within the traffic and Misdemeanor Division, which relates to Municipal Ordinances. These can include abandoned cars, unkempt property or a building contractor or a tradesman practicing without being licensed by the municipality.

Probate: A Division of the Court that processes estates, mental health cases and guardianship auditing and reporting.

Traffic – Criminal: A traffic violation punishable as a crime, i.e., fleeing, leaving the scene, reckless driving,

Traffic - Infraction: A traffic violation where a non-criminal violation may require community service hours, but is not punishable by incarceration and for which there is no right to a trial by jury or court-appointed counsel.

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What is Party Type?

Party Type identifies the role a person plays in a particular court case.

Listed below are some of the most frequently used Party Types.

CIVIL PARTY TYPE DESCRIPTIONS
AAAS ASSIGNEE OF
AD ADMINISTRATOR
AG AGENT
AK ALSO KNOWN AS
AO ADDITIONAL OTHER
AS AS SUBROGEE OF
AT ATTORNEY
BA BIDDER'S ATTORNEY
BD BIDDER
CC CO-COUNSEL
CR COURT REPORTER
DB DOING BUSINESS AS
DF DEFENDANT
FD FORMERLY DOING BUSINESS AS
FK FORMERLY KNOWN AS
FU FOR THE USE AND BENEFIT OF
GE GARNISHEE
GM GENERAL MASTERS
GP GENERAL PARTNERS
GU GUARDIAN OF
NK NOW KNOWN AS
OT OTHER
PL PLAINTIFF
PR PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE
PS PRO SE
SO SUBSIDIARY OF
SU SUCCESSOR
TA TRADING AS
TR TRUSTEE
WI WITNESS

CRIMINAL, MISDEMEANOR AND TRAFFIC PARTY TYPE DESCRIPTIONS
DF DEFENDANT
PA PRIVATE ATTORNEY
PD PUBLIC DEFENDER
SP SPECIAL PUBLIC DEFENDER

PROBATE PARTY TYPE DESCRIPTIONS
AAL ADMINISTRATOR AD LITEM
AGCA AGENT FOR CAVEATOR
AKA ALSO KNOWN AS
ATAL ATTORNEY AD LITEM
ATTY ATTORNEY
CAV CAVEATOR
CON CONSERVATOR
CTR CREATOR OF TRUST
CUR CURATOR
DECD DECEDENT
DEF DEFENDANT
EXC EXAMINING COMMITTEE MEMBER
GAL GUARDIAN AD LITEM
GD GUARDIAN OF PERSON & PROPERTY
GDN GUARDIAN
GP GUARDIAN OF PERSON
GY GUARDIAN OF PROPERTY
INP INTERESTED PERSON
MHF MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY
PET PETITIONER
PL PLAINTIFF
PWF PURPORTED WILL FILER
RAGT RESIDENT AGENT
REPR REPRESENTATIVE
TRST TRUSTEE
WARD WARD

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What are the Civil Code Descriptions?

The following list consists of all frequently used Civil Docket Codes and Party Types that are used to describe Civil Court cases.


CIVIL CODE DESCRIPTIONS
& AND
Air Cond AIR CONDITIONING
Actg ACCOUNTING
Acct ACCOUNT
ACPT ACCEPTANCE
Admstr ADMINISTRATOR
Admin ADMINISTRATION
Adv ADVERTISING
Aff AFFIDAVIT
Agnst AGAINST
Amd AMEND OR AMENDED
Amer AMERICA
Amt AMOUNT
Ans ANSWER
Apt APARTMENT
Archt ARCHITECT
ASSN ASSOCIATION
Assoc ASSOCIATES
Attchd ATTACHED
Atty ATTORNEY
Auth AUTHORITY
Auto AUTOMOBILE
Bch BEACH
Bldg BUILDING
Bldr BUILDER
Brwd BROWARD
Bus BUSINESS
Casu CASUALTY
Cert Mail CERTIFIED MAIL
Cert CERTIFICATE/CERTIFIED
Clk CLERK
Co COMPANY
Comm COMMERCIAL
Comms COMMISSIONERS
COMP COMPLAINT
Condo CONDOMINIUM
Conf CONFERENCE
Conslt CONSULTANT
Consm CONSUMER
Const CONSTRUCTION
Contr CONTRACTOR
Crl Springs CORAL SPRINGS
Corp CORPORATION
Cr Un CREDIT UNION
Ctr CENTER
Ctry COUNTRY
Cty COUNTY
Deft DEFENDANT
Depo DEPOSITION
Dept DEPARTMENT
Devel DEVELOPMENT
Dfld Bch DEERFIELD BEACH
Dflt DEFAULT
Dist DISTRICT
Distrib DISTRIBUTOR
Div DIVISION
Dkt DOCKET
Dom DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
DT DUCES TECUM
Elctrncs ELECTRONICS
Elec ELECTRIC
Emp EMPLOYEES
Eng ENGINEERING
Entp ENTERPRISE
Equip EQUIPMENT
Est ESTATE
Expy EXPRESSWAY
Facil FACILITY
Fclsre FORECLOSURE
Fed FEDERAL
Fin FINANCE
Finc FINANCIAL
FL FLORIDA
FS FLORIDA STATUTE
Ftl FORT LAUDERDALE
Gen GENERAL
GM GENERAL MASTER
Hlndl HALLANDALE
HO HOME OWNERS
Hosp HOSPITAL
Hrg HEARING
Hrg Officer HEARING OFFICER
HRS HEALTH & REHABILATATIVE SERVICES
Hwd HOLLYWOOD
Inc INCORPORATED
Indus INDUSTRIES
Info INFORMATION
Ins INSURANCE
Ins Comm INSURANCE COMMISSIONER
Interrog INTERROGATORY
Intl INTERNATIONAL
Inve INVESTMENT
Lhill LAUDERHILL
Lsg LEASING
Ltd LIMITED
Maint MAINTENANCE
Med MEDICAL
Mem MEMORIAL
Mfg MANUFACTURING
Mgmt MANAGEMENT
Mia MIAMI
Mot MOTION
Mtg MORTGAGE
Mtl MATERIAL
N NORTH
Natl NATIONAL
Not NOTICE
Obj OBJECTION
Opp OPPOSITION
Ord ORDER
Partsp PARTNERSHIP
Pemb Pines PEMBROKE PINES
Pemb Pk PEMBROKE PARK
Perm PERMANENT
Pet PETITIONER
Pltf PLAINTIFF
Pomp Bch POMPANO BEACH
Prod PRODUCE
Prop PROPERTY
Psych PSYCHIATRY
Pub PUBLIC
Publ PUBLISHING
Rc RECORD CUSTODIAN
Re REAL ESTATE
Recd RECEIVED
Recpt RECEIPT
Reg Mail REGISTERED MAIL
Rep REPRESENTATIVE
Reqt REQUEST
Resp RESPONSIBLE
Respt RESPONDENT
Rest RESTAURANT
Retd RETURNED
Retmt RETIREMENT
S SOUTH
S & L SAVINGS AND LOAN
Sch SCHOOL
Serv SERVICE
Sq SQUARE
Srv SERVICE
Sq SQUARE
Srv SERVE
Srvd SERVED
Stip STIPULATION
Subp SUBPOENA
Sums SUMMONS
Sup SUPPLY
Supppl SUPPLEMENTAL
Sys SYSTEMS
Temp TEMPORARY
TR TRUST
trans TRANSPORTATION
TRav TRAVEL
Twnhse TOWNHOUSES
Unsrvd UNSERVED
US UNITED STATES
Viol VIOLENCE
Vlg VILLAGE
Vol VOLUNTARY
W/O WITHOUT
W/O Prej WITHOUT PREDJUDICE
WPB WEST PALM BEACH

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What is the Events and Documents section?

The Events and Documents section identifies the type of hearings and documents in a particular court case.

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What is Case Type?

Case Type identifies the cause of action in a particular court case.

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What is Date Type?

Date Type identifies the date of a particular milestone in a case. These include:

  1. Letters Filed - The date a letter was issued assigning a guardian or representative in a Probate case.
  2. Will Filed - The date a Will was filed in a Probate case.
  3. Incident Date - The date of an incident in a traffic or Criminal case.
  4. Case Filed - In Civil or Probate cases, the date the case was filed with the Clerk. In Criminal cases, the date the State Attorney's Office filed charges.

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What is Disposition?

Disposition identifies how the case was resolved.

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What is Docket Entry?

Every case has a listing of the pleadings filed. A Docket Entry is an entry identifying the title of each pleading. The docket entries events and descriptions are found on the Case Detail page.

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What are the common abbreviations used by the Clerk?

UNIFORM COURT TYPE
AC ANIMAL CONTROL (CIVIL)
AD ADOPTION (JUVENILE)
AP APPEAL (CRIMINAL APPEALS ONLY)
CA CIRCUIT CIVIL
CF CRIMINAL FELONY
CO COUNTY ORDINANCE (T&M)
CO COUNTY CIVIL/SMALL CLAIMS
CV CODE VIOLATION
DL DELINQUENCY
DP DEPENDENCY
DV DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
FM FAMILY COURT
IN NON CRIMINAL INFRACTION
MH MENTAL HEALTH
ML MARRIAGE LICENSE
MM MISDEMEANOR
MO MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE
PR PROBATE/GUARDIANSHIP
TC TRAFFIC CRIMINAL
TI TRAFFIC INFRACTION


COURT LOCATION INFORMATION
TRAFFIC & MISDEMEANOR NUMERIC INDICATORS
CENTRAL 10
NORTH 20
WEST 30
SOUTH 40
CIVIL ALPHA INDICATORS
CENTRAL CE
NORTH NO
WEST WE
SOUTH SO

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What are the proper case number formats for Court Types?

The following tables outline the different case number formats for each given court type in Broward County. The Broward County Case Number represents the proper case number format as seen throughout the Clerk's website. The State Reporting Number (Uniform Case Number) is in the proper form as seen throughout the Clerk's website.

CIRCUIT

Court Type Circuit Court Broward County Case Number State Reporting Number (Uniform Case Number)
CF Felony 10012345CF10A* 062010CF012345A88810
DR Domestic Relations/Family & Adoption FMCE98012345 061998DR012345AXXXCE
DV Domestic Violence DVCE10012345 062010DR012345AXDVCE
CA Circuit Civil CACE10012345 062010CA012345AXXXCE
CP Probate/ Guardianship PRC980012345 061998CP012345AXXXCE
MH Mental Health MHC980012345 061998MH012345AXXXCE
GA Guardianship PRC980012345 061998GA012345AXXXCE
(Not applicable Probate Division does not separate Guardianship from Probate)
CJ Delinquency 1998012345DL 061998CJ012345AXXXCE
DP Dependency 1998012345DP 061998DP012345AXXXCE
DR Adoption (Juvenile) 1998012345AD 061998DR012345AXJVCE
AP Appeal 98012345AC10A
County Criminal to Appeals
*
061998AP012345AXCR10
AP Appeal CACE98012345
County Civil to Circuit
061998AP012345AXCCCE
*Court Locations: T & M - 10 (Central), 20 (North), 30 (West), 40 (South)
Civil - CE (Central), NO (North), WE (West), SO (South)
*14 characters in all criminal case numbers. 14th position may be blank.

COUNTY

Court Type County Court Clerk Case Number State Reporting Number(Uniform Case Number)
MM Misdemeanor 98012345MM10A * 061998MM012345A88810
MO Municipal Ord. 98012345MO10A* 061998MO012345A88810
CO (T&M) County Ord. 98012345MM10A * 061998CO012345A88810
CC County Civil COCE98012345
CONO98012345
COWE98012345
COSO98012345
061998CC012345AXXXCE
061998CC012345AXXXNO
061998CC012345AXXXWE
061998CC012345AXXXSO
SC Small Claims COCE98012345
CONO98012345
COWE98012345
COSO98012345
061998SC012345AXXXCE
061998SC012345AXXXNO
061998SC012345AXXXWE
061998SC012345AXXXSO
TR Traffic Infraction 98012345TI10A * 061998tr012345A88810
CT Criminal Traffic 98012345TC10A * 061998CT012345A88810
DR Marriage License MLCE98012345 061998DR012345AXMLCE
CO (Civil) Animal Control


Code Violation
ACNO98012345
ACSO98012345
ACWE98012345
CVNO98012345
CVSO98012345
CVWE98012345
061998CO012345AXACNO
061998CO012345AXACSO
061998CO012345AXACWE
061998CO012345AXCVNO
061998CO012345AXCVSO
061998CO012345AXCVWE
IN Non-Criminal Infraction 98012345TI10A * 061998IN012345A88810**
*Court Locations: T & M - 10 (Central), 20 (North), 30 (West), 40 (South)
Civil - CE (Central), NO (North), WE (West), SO (South)
*14 characters in all criminal case numbers. 14th position may be blank.
**traffic Infraction Cases where the first statute of IXXB or BXX are included in the "IN" Court Type.

The following Court Types will NOT appear on the Clerk of Court Website:
DR Adoption
DR Adoption(Juvenile)
MH Mental Health
GA Guardianship
CJ Delinquency
DP Dependency

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What is the proper case number format for Civil and Probate Online Searches?

Case numbers must be entered in a specific format. For Civil and Probate cases, start with the proper 3 or 4 case style prefix, the 2-digit year and the 6 or 7 digit sequence number. Case Numbers are up to 12 characters long without spaces, dashes or any other characters. For example:


Invalid Case Number Valid Case Number
CACE 10-6579 CACE10006579
CONO 10-1278 CONO10001278
DVCE 11-1278 DVCE11001278
FMCE 09-3559 FMCE09003559
PRC 10-12345 PRC100012345


Case Style Prefix Case Style Prefix Definition
CACE Civil Action Central
COCE County Civil Central
CONO County Civil North
COSO County Civil South
COWE County Civil West
DVCE Domestic Violence Central
FMCE Family Central
PRC Probate

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What is the proper case number format for Criminal, Misdemeanor and Traffic Online searches?

Case numbers must be entered in a specific format. Traffic, Misdemeanor and Felony cases consist of 2 digits for the year, a 6 digit sequence number, a 2 letter Division identifier, 2-digit Location and a 1 or 2 letter Companion Designator. Case Numbers are 13 characters long without spaces, dashes or any other characters. For example:

Invalid Case Number Valid Case Number
08-20485CF10A 08020485CF10A
98-123CF10AB 98000123CF10AB
02-2091MM10A 02002091MM40A
10-8698TI20A 10086984TI20A
09-1590TC10A 09001590TC10A

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What are Key Dates?

Key Dates are events scheduled in the future for the case displayed on the case summary page. These events have not yet occurred and have already been scheduled for the case. These dates should be noted by the appropriate parties in a case.

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