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Changed Rule 2.420 of the Judicial Rules of Administration ordered by the Florida Supreme Court

Important notice for any filers of court records!  Beginning on July 1, 2021 the Levy Clerk’s Office will no longer identify confidential information in most circuit civil, county civil, and small claims court documents.  Filers will be solely responsible for ensuring any confidential information in these types of cases is appropriately redacted or identified for redaction by filing a Notice of Confidential Information.  This is in accordance with a change to Rule 2.420 of the Judicial Rules of Administration ordered by the Florida Supreme Court.

A video giving an overview of the changes can be found here.

Based on a recent Florida Supreme Court amendment to Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420 regarding access to court records, “the clerk shall not be required to identify and designate information as confidential,” in circuit civil, county civil and small claims court documents.

Effective July 1, 2021, filers will be solely responsible for ensuring any confidential information contained in court records filed with the Clerk is appropriately identified for redaction in these kinds of cases.

Please review the changes to this rule and make sure that you and your staff are fully familiar with this rule change

beginning july 1, 2021, filers will be required to:

  • File a Notice of Confidential Information in small claims, county civil and most circuit civil cases when filing documents with Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, or other non-public information;
  • Identify the precise location(s) of confidential information within the document, including each page number on which it appears; and
  • Identify the type of confidential information or provision that applies to the identified information.

Where does this rule change apply?

  • Changes apply to small claims cases, county court civil cases, and most circuit court civil cases
  • Changes do not apply to family law cases, domestic violence cases, cases stemming from sexual abuse, risk protection orders, mental health cases, Jimmy Ryce civil commitments, and medical malpractice cases *
    * Clerks and filers will retain dual responsibility to identify confidential information in all other types of filings for family, criminal, juvenile and probate cases.

RESOURCES

Educational materials

  • Attorney Handout (Available Soon)
  • Legal Professional Handout (Available Soon)
  • Self-Represented Litigants Handout (Available Soon)

 

Holidays & Office Closures

The Eighth Judicial Circuit Recognizes Both Rom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.

The following holidays will be observed by the Eighth Judicial Circuit for the Calendar Year 2021:

  • Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021
  • Rosh Hashanah, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 * (Court Only)
  • Yom Kippur, Thursday, September 16, 2021 * (Court-Only)
  • Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2021
  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, 2021
  • Friday After Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26, 2021
  • Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 23, 2021 **
  • Christmas Day (Observed), Friday, December 24, 2021

*Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, and Good Friday designated by Chief Judge,  per SCR Personnel Regulations. 

** Additional discretionary holiday chosed by Chief Judge, per SCR Personnel Regulation.

Full Approved Holiday List by Chief Judge

Full Approved Holiday List by LCBOCC

E-Notify for Court Case Notifications

Danny J. Shipp, Clerk & Comptroller
355 South Court Street
Bronson, FL 32621
Phone: 352-486-5266
Fax: 352-486-5166

Deanna Dobbins, Chief Deputy Clerk
355 South Court Street
Bronson, FL 32621
Phone: 352-486-5266
Fax: 352-486-5166

Jared Blanton, CPA, MBA. Finance Officer
355 South Court Street
Bronson, FL 32621
Phone: 352-486-5266
Fax: 352-486-5166

E-Notify for Court Case Notifications

E-Notify is a service that provides registered users with mobile text and/or e-mail reminders about upcoming court events. The service is available for anyone with a Felony, Misdemeanor or Criminal Traffic case(s). E-Notify is a collaboration between your local Clerk of Court and several of its strategic partners including the Florida Courts, the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation (CCOC) and the Association of Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers (FCCC) and the Florida Legislature.

Sign Up for E-Notify Service

To learn more about the E-Notify service click on this link to watch an informative video on this process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F19y2ntgf2Q&feature=youtu.be

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for the E-Notify service?
Sign up by clicking on the link above and following the instructions. We advise you to watch the above video that provides important points on how to complete the process. Follow these steps to sign up:

  1. Create an account by filling out your name, email address, mobile phone number and password.
  2. Verify your email contact information by going to the Notification Settings and click on the email “Verify” button. After receiving an email, click on the “Activate Your Account” button in the email.
  3. Verify your mobile phone contact information by going to Notification Settings and click on the mobile number “Verify” button. After receiving the text message, you must enter the 5-digit pass code to validate your mobile phone number.
  4. You have the option to receive email notifications only, mobile phone texts alerts only or both.
  5. By default, you will receive notification reminders 14 days, 7 days and 1 day before court events.
  6. Click on “Case Search” to set up notifications for court events related to a case. You can search for a case in three ways
    1. Clerk Case Number
    2. Uniform Case Number
    3. Party Information
  7. Click on the appropriate county and enter the case number or defendant information. It is important to follow the directions exactly and include all numbers including all zeros, all letters and exclude all dashes and spaces. The case number will be provided by the court on the documents you received.
  8. Once you find the correct case, click on the “Add to My Cases” button.
  9. Confirm how you want to receive notifications and identify whether you are a party to the case or an interested party.

Why am I not receiving E-Notify alerts?
There are a number of possible reasons why you are not receiving notifications. Please watch the instructional video to ensure you have completed the entire process. You can also call our office for assistance.

When will I receive E-Notify alerts?
Unless you opt out, by default you will receive alerts 14 days, 7 days and 1 day before court events.

What types of cases can I receive notifications on?
Currently, there are three (3) types of non-juvenile criminal cases you can receive notifications on:

  • Felony cases
  • Misdemeanor cases
  • Criminal Traffic cases

Is there a cost for E-Notify?
There is no fee or cost to sign up for the E-Notify service but there may be message and/or data fees charged by your mobile provider depending on your mobile plan.

DISCLAIMER:
E-Notify is offered as a convenience only and does not guarantee receipt of notification due to a number of factors related to service availability, service outages, personal account issues and other factors outside of the control of E-Notify.

E-Notify is not an official communication of the clerks of Court and neither E-Notify nor the Clerk of Court are responsible for any missed hearings in the event that a notification is not received.

Users who experience technical difficulties or issues or require assistance regarding timely receipt of notifications can submit a service ticket under the “Report An Issue” tab on the E-Notify website.

If you are not receiving notifications as expected, please check your junk folder in your email and double check the notification preferences in your account.\

Message and data rates may apply.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT: Eighth Judicial Circuit COVID-19 Update:

Administrative Order 11.36, Rescinding AO 11.29, Suspension of Certain Eviction and Mortgage Foreclose Actions, entered by Chief Judge Nilon on August 3, 2020. This order rescinds Administrative Order 11.29 (Suspension of Certain Eviction and Foreclosure Actions) and authorizes the presiding judge to determine the applicability of the Governor’s Executive Order 20-180 (Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief) on a case-by-case basis. https://circuit8.org/wp-content/uploads/11.36-Rescinding-AO.11.29-Suspension-of-Certain-Eviction-and-Mortgage-Foreclosure-Actions.pdf

Levy County Launches Turbo Court!

The Levy County Clerk of Court has partnered with the Florida Association of Court Clerks & Comptrollers (FCCC) and a private vendor named TurboCourt to bring the citizens of Levy County a “Do-It-Yourself” Portal for completing forms for certain court case types.

Currently there are four case types that a citizen can complete using TurboCourt DIY Self Help forms. More case types will be available in the future. The links for each are below:

3 Easy Steps
Filing your own forms is easy! Click on the correct link above and follow the instructions. The three steps are:

  • Step 1 – Where to File
    • Select the county you want to file your paperwork in. If you live in Levy County you will want to choose “Levy” from the drop-down menu.
  • Step 2 – Sign Up / Log In
    • If you are a first-time user, you will need to create an account.
    • You will receive an email from TurboCourt with tips, links and tutorials.
  • Step 3 – Complete Forms
    • Answer the questions as prompted and TurboCourt will walk you through the process.
    • Print and file your forms.

Disclaimer

The Levy County Clerk of Court is not responsible for the TurboCourt website, its content or any errors that may be found on the website or the forms provided on the website.

If you have a question regarding the use of TurboCourt or the forms you have submitted, please call our office at 352-486-5266.