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Evidence

Overview


The primary responsibility of the Evidence Division is to receive, log, maintain, distribute, and to ensure there is an accurate inventory of all tangible evidence, until disposed of, according to State Florida Statutes or Local Administrative Orders. In addition, the Broward County Clerk of Courts audits and safeguards all evidence that is admitted during a court hearing.

Evidence Viewing


An appointment is required to copy, retrieve, or view any type of evidence. To request an appointment, refer to the contact information provided on this web page.

Viewing Requirements:

One of the following types of photo identification is required, to view evidence:

  • State Identification
  • State Driver License
  • County Identification

A signed document is required before any items can be released to another party on your behalf.

Exhibit Procedures


Exhibit Procedures for Parties:

An updated, legible, exhibit list must be provided to the court clerk on the first day of the hearing/trial. All exhibits must be numbered in sequential order.

The exhibit list must include the following information:

  • Case Number
  • Party Name(s)
  • Party Type (e.g.: Plaintiff, Respondent, Petitioner, etc.)
  • Exhibit Number
  • Exhibit Description
  • Hearing Type

Any exhibit lists indicating "ALL", "ANY "and/or "ANY and ALL" will not be accepted.

Exhibit Pre-Marking Procedures for Parties:

Exhibits entered into evidence must be pre-marked for identification by using the color coded exhibit labels provided by the courts. All exhibits must be labeled in alphabetical order.

Exhibit label types:

  • Green - Defense/Defendant/Respondent exhibit labels
  • Pink - State/Plaintiff/Petitioner exhibit labels
  • Gold - Joint exhibit labels
  • Blue - Court exhibit labels

Roman numerals, symbols, and numbers are not accepted.

Exhibit Label Procedures for Parties:

Exhibit labels must be legible, completely filled out, and adhered to the evidence. Exhibit labels should not cover, or obscure, any information.

Exhibit labels should include the following information:

  • Case Number
  • ID Letter
  • Exhibit Number as entered into evidence
  • Filing date
  • Deputy Clerk Name

It is recommended to adhere the label sticker to the back of the exhibit.

Evidence Requests


Request for Court Proceedings

Exhibits and evidence stored in the care and custody of the Clerk's Evidence division, will only be released for upcoming court proceedings, upon notifying the Court Clerk or Judge assigned to the court.

If any exhibits, or evidence, are needed for an upcoming court proceeding, case parties should notify the court clerk assigned to the case.

Request by Court Order

Any other party requesting exhibits, or evidence, must obtain, and present a court order to the Clerk before any evidence or exhibits are released.

The court order should include the following information:

  • Case Number
  • Case Party Names
  • Name of the Party(s) to release evidence or exhibits to
  • Specific evidence or exhibit numbers
  • Court proceeding dates in which evidence or exhibit(s) were entered
  • Specific date to release the evidence or exhibits

Fees and Costs


VALID FORMS OF PAYMENT — Cashier’s Check, Money Order, Attorney's Check, or American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit cards. (Proper identification is required when paying in person by credit card.)

Search Fee (per year searched) $2.00
Photocopy Fee (per page) $1.00
Certification Fee (per document) $2.00
Photocopy Fee (per page) Pages more than 14 inches by 8 ½ inches $5.00
CD/DVD/USB Duplication Fee (per item) $6.00

Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Information

  • Central Courthouse
    Judicial Complex, West Building
    (Evidence)

  • 201 S.E. 6th Street
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
     Directions To This Location


  •   954-831-5537
  •  954-831-5539

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Excluding Holidays