HOMEPAGE

COURT MANAGEMENT

      The Court Management Division provides a wide range of record keeping and information processes all documents after a case is opened, and manages the following types of court cases:

      Circuit Civil is the jurisdiction for claims of $15,000 and above and processes and prepares appeals. Examples of these type cases are mortgage foreclosures, professional malpractice, auto negligence and libel/slander.

      County Civil is the jurisdiction for claims between $5,000 and $15,000 and landlord and tenant matters.

      Small Claims involves claims up to $4,999. Special rules called Small Claims Rules are applicable to these actions. Individuals may handle their own cases, but any person who is unsure of how to proceed should consult an attorney.

      Domestic Relations is the jurisdiction for family matters including child and spousal support, dissolutions of marriage, adoptions, name changes adoptions and custody.

      Probate is the jurisdiction for estates, guardianships, incapacities and trusts.  Estates involve the distribution of assets of deceased persons and administration of guardianships of persons who are incompetent or incapacitated. Probate is also the jurisdiction for Baker Act, Marchman Act, Adult Protective Services Act.

      Juvenile deals with Delinquency and Dependency.  Delinquency involves minors who have committed a crime.  Dependency deals with children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned.

      Criminal deals with felony, misdemeanor and criminal traffic cases.  A felony is punishable under the laws of this state  by imprisonment in a state prison or death.  A misdemeanor is punishable  by a term of  imprisonment in the county jail  not to exceed one year.

      Court Management also processes and prepares all appeals.

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