Criminal Court Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get my bond money back now that my case has been disposed?
Refunds are available to the depositor upon completion of the case.
- We must have a current address for the depositor.
- Pursuant to Florida Statute 903.286, the Clerk shall withhold from the refund any fines or costs owed by the defendant on ANY case.
- If a surety bond was posted, please contact the bond agent for information about the bond.
What if I can’t attend court on my scheduled date or time?
Once a court date has been set on a case, the Clerk’s Office cannot change it. If there is a conflict with the date, you will need to contact your attorney.
What happens if I fail to appear for court on my scheduled date or time?
A warrant may be issued for your arrest and any bond that you have posted may be forfeited when you fail to appear for court. If you are arrested because of a failure to appear warrant, you may be held in jail without bond.
How do I notify your office about a change of address?
If you move, it is your responsibility to notify the Clerk’s office in writing about your change of address.
- A Change of Address form must be completed and submitted in person to a Deputy Clerk at the Clerk’s Office (Room 1027). If you wish to mail the form in, it must be notarized. No exceptions!
- The Clerk’s office will not accept any information over the telephone regarding a change of address.