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Coronavirus COVID-19 Update – Latest Information

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Update – Latest Information

Jury Trials to Resume

In accordance with Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC20-32, Amendment 3, all jury trials are suspended until a Circuit has been in Phase 2 for a minimum of 30 days. The Ninth Judicial Circuit transitioned to Phase 2 in late September and has begun summonsing jurors to report as of October 22 in Orange County. For more details, go to the Ninth Judicial Circuit’s Main Jury Services web page. 


COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program

Orange County Board of County Commissioners has created a COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program. The income-based program assists Orange County’s most vulnerable tenants who are in imminent danger of eviction due to COVID-19 and provides the property owner with an alternative to eviction. Go to this link for more information on eligibility and requirements.  

With the expiration of the Governor’s Executive Order 20-211, tenants facing eviction may have options available to them pursuant to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Order Temporarily Halting Evictions. Please be advised that the Clerk cannot provide legal advice, and has no role in reviewing or evaluating court filings or CDC declaration forms to determine whether an eviction case falls under the CDC directive; that duty falls to the parties to an action and the Court. Please contact an attorney if you have any questions about this or need legal assistance.


Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Connected

As a reminder, you don’t have to come to our offices. Use our online resources and take care of your business with us right from our website. If you’ve been financially impacted by COVID-19 and have outstanding payments in Orange County, please contact us by clicking here to discuss the options available, such payment plans.

Many of our services are available right online, and you should contact us before visiting our offices. Simply go to our Contact Us page to submit a question or request right from the comfort and safety of your home.

Stay home, stay safe, stay connected!

Click below to watch a video message from Clerk Russell about our reopening phase.




Make Payments

Payments for traffic tickets or criminal fines can be made right from our website. You can also find information about payment plans and other payment options.

Payments can also be made at any Amscot or Western Union location.

What are payment plans? The Clerk of Courts offers flexible options for paying outstanding debts to those who owe court-ordered financial obligations for a traffic or criminal case. If you or someone you know would benefit from enrolling in a payment plan please click here to contact us to discuss options available to you right from the comfort of home. Stay home, stay safe, stay connected!


Limited Access and Appointments

The Orange County Clerk’s Office is now expanding limited access to more Clerk services. In order to limit capacity in lobbies, appointments can now be scheduled for the following services and locations starting on Monday, June 1, 2020:
  • Marriage License & Ceremonies – Downtown Courthouse, Winter Park, Apopka, Ocoee
  • Passport Applications – Downtown Courthouse, Winter Park, Apopka, Ocoee  
  • Self Help Center Virtual Attorney Appointments – Downtown Courthouse

 Customers can walk in to complete a marriage license and passport application. To limit capacity and adhere to social distancing guidelines, only the applicants will be allowed to enter the facility (no additional guests). 

Ceremony rooms will not be utilized at this time. If applying for a marriage license, applicants must complete the eMarriage application prior to their appointment. The application can be filled out here

For the downtown Self Help Center, customers will be able to schedule appointments here to receive advice and low-cost attorney consultations for all Family Law, Small Claims, and Residential Landlord/Tenant case types using video teleconferencing.

To better protect the health of everyone, the Clerk’s Office recommends customers do business with us online where possible as many of our services are available anytime and anywhere from our website.  


What to Expect

  • Masks or face coverings will be required when entering any of our locations
  • Temperature checks will be conducted on everyone before entering
  • Everyone is asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet

Closures – Until Further Notice

  • Goldenrod branch

Courthouse – Limited Public Access

The Orange County Courthouse in downtown Orlando remains open but with limited public access for essential hearings as defined by administrative order.

For more details about court cancellations and scheduling, make sure you contact the Ninth Judicial Circuit or go to their website to see the latest Administrative Order Governing Trial Court Proceedings.

Limited Services

The following services are available by appointment only:

  • Self Help Center – Downtown Courthouse
  • Marriage Ceremonies – Downtown Courthouse, Winter Park, Apopka, Ocoee. Ceremonies performed at the customer service windows only. 
The following services are available by appointment or walk-in: 

  • Marriage Licenses – Downtown Courthouse, Winter Park, Apopka, Ocoee
  • Passports – Downtown Courthouse, Winter Park, Apopka, Ocoee
Customers can walk in to complete a marriage license and passport application. To limit capacity, only individuals required for the transaction should come to our offices in person.    

Marriage license applicants must complete the eMarriage application prior to their appointment.  The application can be filled out here. After completing the eMarriage application you have 60 days to complete the process in person at one of our offices listed above.  The 3-day waiting period does not start until you come into the office to obtain your marriage license.  To schedule an appointment, click here: https://www.myorangeclerk.com/Divisions/Marriages/Schedule-Appointment

Filing

Cases can be filed electronically via the Florida Courts E-filing Portal. Step by step instructions are available right from the E-portal website. You may also go to Ninth Circuit E-Portal-Instructions for details about how to register for an e-portal account as a self-represented litigant. 

All other filings along with any requisite filing fee should be mailed to the following:
Orange County Clerk of Courts
[Specify Division]
425 North Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801


Registry Payments

While there is limited access to the courthouse, it is preferred that registry payments be made by money order or cashier’s check instead of cash. Payments can be mailed to:

Orange County Clerk of Courts
425 N. Orange Ave.
Suite 350
Orlando, FL 32801

Please provide a case number with your payment.

Registry payments can also now be made via ACH/Wire Transfer through your banking or financial institution. Visit our Court Registry Payment by ACH/Wire Transfer page for more information about how to do this and what the requirements are.


Family Court Payments
Payments for Mediation Services and the court-ordered Family Ties Program for Orange County Family Cases are now accepted online.  The new tool on our website now allows customers to complete payments online for these services from anywhere using a smart device. Visit Family Online Payments here to complete the transaction.


Court Records

Public court records can be viewed right from the my e-clerk section of our website. Certified copies of court records, and marriage licenses can also be ordered here.


eMarriage

You can begin your marriage license application from the comfort of your home. The application can be filled out here. You have 60 days to complete the process in person at one of our offices. The 3-day waiting period does not start until you come into the office to obtain your marriage license.


Packets & Forms

Packets and forms for Civil and Family matters can be ordered and paid for right from our website’s shopping cart.

Remember that many of our services are available online anytime anywhere from this website.

Our customers, the community, and employees are always our priority. Please regularly check our website or social media for the most up to date information on Clerk of Courts operations during this time.


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