Effective June 17, 2022, at 5:00 p.m., filers will no longer have the ability to request the issuance of an electronic summons at the time of efiling a new circuit civil case. Once the case number has been assigned, the electronic summons can be efiled as a supplemental filing. This change will help facilitate an expedited new case filing process.
The Circuit Civil Division processes non-criminal cases where there is a dispute involving sums of money that exceed $30,000.
Below are some case types filed in the Circuit Civil Division:
The Court Registry is a depository of funds for which the Clerk of the County and Circuit Court is custodian, pending withdrawal of funds, pursuant to the proper authority. All deposits placed into and disbursed from the Court Registry are authorized through Florida Statutes, Rules of Procedure or by case related court orders. Deposits into the Court Registry can be in the form of Cash, Cashier’s Check, Bank Official Check, Money Order, or Attorney Trust Account Check. No personal checks are accepted. Court Registry also accepts Cash and Surety Bonds. Please contact the Court Registry Division to determine the applicable deposit type.
The processing of court registry transactions consist of:
Florida Statute 559.917 allows a bond to be posted with the Clerk of the Court to obtain the release of a motor vehicle, being held by a repair shop, for non-payment of services rendered. Before an auto can be removed from an auto repair shop the following must occur; post a cash bond in the amount of the final bill, pay $13.00 to transfer the lien, and pay Clerk fees based on the amount of the final bill (3% of the first $500.00 and 1.5% of each remaining $100.00).
The same procedure can be applied to all other personal property under Section 713.76 Florida Statutes.
To transfer a Claim, Lien, or Mechanic's Lien to cash or surety bond, you must contact:
Governmental Center, Room 114
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Per Florida Statute 55.10 - Transferring a Judgment Lien to a Cash or Surety Bond & Florida Statute 55.141 – Satisfaction of Judgment; a legible recorded copy of the Judgment indicating the Bond or Satisfaction amount must be filed in the Clerk division in which the case is filed. If the case is filed in the Circuit Civil division, you may contact the Court Registry Clerk at:
To participate in the sale, bidders must register at www.broward.realforeclose.com to get a Username, Password, and bidder number and place a valid deposit to be considered. All bidders must be registered prior to the sale. Bidders are responsible for conducting their own research about the property.
Prior to the time of the sale, the bidder must post with the Clerk’s Office a deposit equal to 5% of the estimated highest bid for each property they anticipate winning at the sale. Deposit funds must be received no later than 3:00pm EST the previous business day of the auction. Deposits can be made via wire transfer or in person in the form of cash, cashier's check or money order at the main courthouse located at Broward County Central Courthouse, Judicial Complex, West Building, 201 SE 6th Street, 4th Floor, Room: 04130, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301.
For wire transfers, please instruct your bank to include the Bidder Number on the wire information. The wiring instructions are available on the Real Auction website, once the sale has completed and the winning bidder chooses to pay by wire transfer.
Section 7 of Senate Bill 2506 has amended Florida Statute 45.035 (3). The $70.00 service fee for conducting an electronic sale shall be assessed as costs and paid when filing for an electronic sale date. Each time the sale is scheduled or re-scheduled, the Plaintiff is required to pay the $70.00 service fee. The payment can be made via the e-Portal. If you are the successful bidder for a property foreclosure sale, the balance of the final bid amount, plus the court registry fees (3% of the first $500 and each subsequent $100 at 1.5%), must be received by the Clerk’s Office no later than 12:00 pm EST the next business day following the sale, or by the deadline stated in the judgment.
Accepted forms of payment are wire transfer, cash, cashier’s checks or money order. You will also owe Documentary “doc” stamps on the amount of your final bid. This fee is pursuant to Florida Statute 201.01 and is owed to the Broward County Board of County Commissioner. Doc Stamps on Titles and other instruments related to real property (rounded to the nearest $100.00) are calculated at $.70 per $100.00. You will receive an email regarding the requirements for payment of Documentary Stamps.
If the successful bidder does not make the final payment by the prescribed time, then their deposit will be forfeited. The Clerk’s Office will assess a non-refundable registry fee and other costs (e.g., re-publication cost) from the forfeited deposit. Any remaining funds shall be applied toward the final judgment, as stated in FS 45.31.
Pursuant to Chapter 28 and Chapter 45, Florida Statutes, the Clerk shall receive certain service charges related to the judicial sales procedure. A refund of the service fees is not generally permitted under Florida Law. The remaining funds may be requested as a refund. Any request to the Court for a refund of the service charges must be served upon the Clerk’s Office as an interested party at GeneralCounsel@browardclerk.org
Any objections to the sale must be filed within 10 days after the filing of the certificate of sale.
Please refer to www.broward.realforeclose.com for further information regarding the foreclosure process.
If you are a plaintiff or plaintiff’s attorney in a foreclosure case that requires a live sale, that language must be listed in your final judgment. If your final judgment has already been entered, you will need to provide the Clerk’s Office with a court order directing the Clerk to conduct a live sale for that case. The sale will be conducted in the courthouse lobby located at the Broward County Central Courthouse, Judicial Complex West Building, 201 SE 6TH Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.
The Clerk’s Office is unable to provide legal advice or assistance. As a pro-se litigant, or self-represented party, it is helpful to educate yourself on the court rules, proper legal filings, and service requirements.
To assist you, below you will find forms and legal resources. For further assistance, please visit the Self Help Equal Access Center - Law Library, where Law Librarians are available to assist you in locating forms and legal resources.
The following forms are available for download.
Comfortable work areas, internet, Wi-Fi, Westlaw, Lexis, print materials and additional forms covering many topics including, but not limited to: Summary Administration; Formal Administration; Homestead; Motions; Affidavits; Caveats; Waivers; Consents and Adversary Actions.
VALID FORMS OF PAYMENT — Cash, Cashier’s Check, Money Order, Attorney's Check, or American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa credit cards. (Proper identification is required when paying in person by credit card.)|
NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED.
ATTENTION ATTORNEYS — Attorney’s trust account checks must be imprinted with the words “Trust Account” or “IOLTA”.
Pursuant to F.S. 57.082 - Determination of civil indigent status. If you qualify for civil indigence, the filing, and summons fees are waived; other cost and fees may not be waived. If you are determined not to be indigent, fees are due at the time of filing.
Circuit Civil Filing Fees
|Circuit and Family New Case (Other than an action for real property or an action under Florida statutes Ch. 39,61, 742, and 753)Actions over $30,000.00||$401.00|
|Re-Open Fee (fee charged for each pleading filed in a “closed case” which requires Judicial action)||$50.00|
|For the filing of any cross-claim, counterclaim or third party complaint (excluding real property)||$395.00|
|For the filing of any cross-claim, counterclaim or third party complaint in an action for real property: For a claim where the value is $50,000.00||$395.00|
|For the filing of any cross-claim, counterclaim or third party complaint in an action for real property: For a claim where the value is more than $50,000.00 but less than $250,000.00||$900.00|
|For the filing of any cross-claim, counterclaim or third party complaint in an action for real property: For a claim where the value is $250,000.00 or more||$1900.00|
|For a new civil action in circuit court relating to real property or mortgage foreclosure, the following filing fees shall apply: For a claim where the value is $50,000.00 or less||$401.00|
|For a new civil action in circuit court relating to real property or mortgage foreclosure, the following filing fees shall apply: For a claim where the value is more than $50,000.00 but less than $250,000.00||$906.00|
|For a new civil action in circuit court relating to real property or mortgage foreclosure, the following filing fees shall apply: For a claim where the value is $250,000 or more||$1906.00|
|For a new civil action in circuit court relating to Contraband Forfeiture, the following filing fee shall apply:||$1002.00|
|Issuance of a summons, per summons||$10.00|
|For each timeshare estate joined in a consolidated foreclosure action, the regular filing fee plus, per estate||$10.00|
|Appeal (County Court to Circuit Court)||$281.00|
|Notice of cross appeal (County Court to Circuit Court)||$295.00|
|Extension of Time (Medical Malpractice)||$43.00|
|Foreign Judgment Writ Fee||$42.00|
|Writ Fee (Garnishment, Attachment, Replevin, and Distress)||$85.00|
|For all cases in excess of 5 defendants, the regular filing fee plus, per defendant||$2.50|
|Service Charge for Parties granted Severance||$18.00|
Circuit Civil Miscellaneous Charges
|Oath, administering, attesting and sealing not otherwise provided for in F.S. 28.24||$3.50|
|Sealing of Court File or expunging of any record||$42.00|
|Eminent Domain Actions, regular filing fee plus per deposit||$170.00|
|Search of Records Fee, per year||$2.00|
|Subpoena Fee (Sign and seal)||$2.00|
|Attorney appearing Pro Hac Vice||$100.00|
|Bond Approval Fee||$8.50|
|Exemplified Certificates, sign and seal||$7.00|
|Foreclosure Sale Fee||$70.00|
Circuit Civil Photocopying Fees
|Photocopies of public records, per page||$1.00|
|Certification of copies of public or official document filed in the Clerk’s Office||$2.00|
|Verifying any document presented for certification and prepared by someone other than the Clerk||$3.50|
|Preparing any document other than specifically mentioned in F.S. 28.24||$7.00|