County Civil 

The County Civil division includes the following five categories of civil cases: Small Claims, County Civil, other country civil, evictions, and civil traffic infractions. 

  • Small claims - Financial disputes valued at $8,000 or below

  • County Civil - county civil and foreclosures

  • Other County Civil - replevins and other county civil (examples of other county civil cases include: non-monetary equity matters, control of animals, interred bodies, injunctive relief, declaratory judgements, and other similar events) 

  • Evictions - Eviction examples include apartments, duplex housing, assisted living, student living housing, and other county civil evictions 

  • Civil traffic Infractions

Since the fiscal year of 2011-2012 to fiscal year 2020-2021 there has been a trend between county case filings and dispositions. In the latest fiscal year of 2020-2021, there was a total of 1,954,696 case filings for country civil and a total of 1,742,060 dispositions. The trend between the county civil filings from year to year show that on average many Floridian case filings and dispositions are steady between at least 1.8 million case filings and 1.7 million dispositions from FY 20211-12 to FY 2020-21. Yet, there have been at most 2.3 million case filings and 2.2 million dispositions for county civil from FY 2011-12 to FY 2020-21. 

Small claims in FY 2020-21 totaled 647,248 case filings which means there are a large number of cases that go to the Florida statewide trial courts for small claims disputes. County civil case filings total 109,749 which means these cases have a threshold up to $30,000. Other county civil case filings total 10,152 which include replevins (1,812 cases) and other county civil cases (8,340 cases). Replevins or claim and delivery is a legal remedy which enables a person to recovery personal property taken wrongfully or unlawfully, and to obtain compensation for resulting losses. In a replevins case it could include personal property of furniture, cars, keys to property, and other personal assets

Evictions for county civil case filings totaled 92,124 in the FY 2020-21. Many of these county civil disputes means that some Floridian family has been taken from their home or primary residence. They are usually ordered by law enforcement to relocate in a limited time like 24 hours or 48 hours to gather all belongings and vacate the premises except for legal business like paying back your rental debt. 

 

Civil Traffic Infraction cases totaled 1,095,423 which means a traffic citation or ticket given by a police officer, unpaid debts for parking tickets or vehicle related instances, driving with a expired or suspended driving licenses, and other civil case matters. Although these are only examples of the types of cases that are referred to the Florida trial court systems, the statistical data shows the largest amount of cases by type that the Florida court system take on every fiscal year. The Florida statewide court system uses court programs to educate the public on civil citations and sanctions that occur because lack of knowledge. Court programs like help reduce certain burdens on Floridian civil disputants like waiving the fees for a suspended license if the disputant takes the Florida online traffic school to reduce points and avoid court appearances with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.