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Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court

Criminal Court

The Circuit Court has jurisdiction over all defendants accused of committing crimes that have been designated by the State Legislature as felonies. A felony is a criminal offense punishable by death or imprisonment in a state penitentiary, for a term that exceeds one (1) year. The Circuit Court also has jurisdiction over all cases in which a minor is alleged to have committed a delinquent act or violation of law.

The County Court has jurisdiction over all defendants accused of committing crimes which have been designated as misdemeanors. A misdemeanor is a criminal offense which is punishable by imprisonment in a county correctional facility not in excess of one (1) year.

The County Court also has jurisdiction over criminal traffic cases. Criminal Traffic Laws are defined as a violation that may subject a defendant upon conviction to incarceration.

Court Records

There are two ways to obtain non-confidential records in a criminal case:  (1) by delivering a written request to the criminal department by fax at (904) 278-3670 or by hand delivery to 825 N. Orange Avenue, Green Cove Springs, FL, Room 1027; and (2) by obtaining the records through the Clerk’s Online Access to Court Records website at www.clayclerk.com.

The Clerk’s Office provides court records to the public in accordance with the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration 2.420 and the Florida Supreme Court Access Security Matrix.  This rule and the Access Security Matrix define what information is confidential in a court case and who has authority to view court records.

Court Appearance

Once a court date has been set on a  case, the Clerk’s Office does not have the authority to change it.   If there is a conflict with the scheduled date, you will need to contact your attorney or make a Motion to the court.

Failure to Appear In Court

A warrant may be issued for your arrest, and any bond that you have posted may be forfeited, when you fail to appear for your scheduled court date.

Sealing or Expunging

Individuals with criminal records may be eligible to have their record sealed or expunged under Florida Law.  To determine if you are eligible to have your case sealed or expunged, review Florida Statutes 943.0585 and 943.059.  Additional information may be obtained from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website.

In order to have a criminal history record sealed or expunged, you must first obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from the  Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  After a certificate of eligibility is obtained, you can then petition the court for an Order to seal and expunge your record.  Forms for petitioning the Court may be viewed below.

Expunging Forms

Please visit Seal and Expunge Process at Florida Department of Law Enforcement for information about sealing and expunging criminal history records.

Criminal Appeals

The Criminal Department processes all appeals from convictions and court rulings for Circuit and County  Court.  For information on how to appeal a Judgment and Sentence or Ruling, you may  contact an attorney or conduct research through the Florida Statutes and/or the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure.  Additional helpful information can be found in the Florida Appellate Practice Section Pro Se Handbook.  The Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure has sample forms to assist you in filing an appeal.

Appeal processing fees must be paid at the time the Notice of Appeal is filed with the Clerk’s Office.

Failure to Pay

Failure to pay your outstanding fines, fees and court costs within 90 days of sentencing will result in the suspension of your driver’s license.  After 90 days, the Clerk’s Office will notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) that you have failed to pay your financial obligations resulting in a suspended license.   All fines, fees, court costs and administrative fees must be paid in full to clear the suspension with the DHSMV.

Clay County has contracted with third party collection agencies to collect outstanding fines, fees and court costs which are owed. Should you fail to pay all of your costs within 90 days of sentencing, your account will be turned over to a collection agency resulting in an additional 25% of the total amount due.

Form of Payment

Payments can be made with cash, check, credit card, money order or a cashier’s check. Payments can be made in person, by mail or by phone 904-278-4772. We accept the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. A 3.5% convenience fee will be charged on all credit card transactions.

Related Contacts

Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court © 2018

825 North Orange Ave. | P.O. Box 698 | Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043 | 904-269-6302