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Alachua County

Alachua County Courthouse – The Alachua County Court System makes decisions for criminal cases including felonies, criminal traffic offenses, and misdemeanors. The Court also maintains jurisdiction in certain matters related to family law, civil action, juveniles, probate, domestic violence, mental health, foreclosure, landlord/tenant disputes, and other matters.

Alachua County Criminal Justice Center
220 S Main St
Gainesville, FL 32601
Alachua County Family / Civil Justice Center
201 E University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601

Alachua County Clerk of the Court – With primary responsibility for maintaining the county’s court records and other private records, the Alachua County Clerk serves a population of roughly 227,000 people. The Clerk is considered an officer of the Court, who also processes matters related to marriage, property, and other licenses.

220 S Main St
Gainesville, Florida 32601
Phone: (352) 374-3636

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Marion County

Marion County Courts – Jurisdiction of the Marion County Courts extends to certain criminal misdemeanors, small claims (up to $5,000), traffic cases, and civil cases (up to $15,000). The Marion County Court serves a population of about 316,000 residents. The County Courthouse and Clerk of Courts is located at:

110 NW 1st Ave
Ocala, FL 34475
Phone: (352) 401-6700

Marion County Clerk of Courts – The Marion County Clerk of Courts provides a wide range of services, from record keeping, financial managements, and information management. Additionally, the court issues marriage licenses and is the official custodian for all documents related to court records.

110 NW 1st Ave
Ocala, FL 34475

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Levy County

Levy County Clerk of Courts – The Levy County Clerk of Court serves the county’s approximately 34,500 residents in matters of public record. The Clerk documents, preserves, and stores all matter of court and public records. This office also prepares court records, receives and processes payments for fines, and assists victims of domestic violence in filling out documentation. The Clerk and courthouse can be reached at:

355 S Court St
Bronson, FL 32621
Phone: (352) 486-5266

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Columbia County

Columbia Court Clerk of Courts – The Columbia County Clerk serves a population of roughly 56,000 residents. The clerk is primarily responsible for the storing and maintenance of records, which include court documents, public financial documents, minutes recorded during local board meetings, and estate transactions. The Columbia County Clerk of Courts and Courthouse is located at:

173 NE Hernando St
Lake City, FL 32055
Phone: (386) 719-7593

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Bradford County

Bradford Clerk of Courts – The Clerk of Court performs about 1,000 different constitutional and statutory duties on behalf of local residents and the local government. The Bradford County Clerk of Court works to ensure the smooth operation of the court system, by carefully maintaining records, providing jury summons, safeguarding evidence and recording court proceedings. The local Clerk and Bradford County Courthouse are located at:

945 Temple Ave
Starke, FL 32091
Phone: (904) 966-6280

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Baker County

Baker County Clerk of Courts – As an officer of the Columbia County Court System, the Baker County Clerk of Court maintains court records from criminal felony and misdemeanor cases, civil, family, probate, and small claims cases. The Baker County Clerk serves roughly 22,000 residents in other matters, including marriage licenses, child support and alimony payments, and real estate transactions.

339 E Macclenny Ave
Macclenny, FL 32063
Phone: (904) 259-8113

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Gilchrist County

Gilchrist County Clerk of Court – With a population of about 16,000, the public record and marriage license needs of the residents are met by the local Clerk of Court. The Clerk is also responsible for issuing jury summons, collecting and disbursing child support payments, and maintaining records for real estate transactions. The Clerk of Court can be found at:

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Union County

Union County Clerk of Court and Comptroller – The Union County Clerk serves the county’s residents, the government, and courts. The office is responsible for archiving court documents and public records. One of its other significant roles includes issuing marriage licenses. The Union County Clerk and Courthouse can be found at:

112 S Main St
Lake Butler, FL 32054

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Florida Criminal Justice Resources

Florida Family Law Forms – The official website for the Florida state courts. This page contains various forms, including petition, waivers, applications, and other documentation that may be required for legal family matters. Forms include: Answer for Petition to Dissolution of Marriage, Petition for Modification of Alimony, and Marital Settlement Agreements.

Florida’s 8th Circuit Court – The 8th Circuit Court serves the counties of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union. This Circuit spans from the Gulf Coast to the Georgia border. The 8th circuit court is overseen by a Chief Judge, who is responsible for supervision and administration of the judges and officers within the court. The Circuit handles civil and criminal cases for a population of roughly 387,000 people.

Florida’s 3rd Circuit Court – The 3rd Circuit Court has jurisdiction over cases in the counties of Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, and Taylor. The Court handles cases related to felonies, family law, civil cases (over $15,000), probate, juvenile dependency, and certain types of appeals. The locations for these courthouses can be found at:

Madison Court House
125 SW Range Ave
Madison, FL 32340
Hamilton Court House
207 1st St NE
Jasper, FL 35205
Suwannee Court House
200 S Ohio / MLK Jr. Ave
Live Oak, FL 32064
Taylor Court House
108 N Jefferson St
Perry, FL 32348
Dixie Court House
214 NE Hwy 351
Cross City, FL 32628

Supreme Court of FL – As the highest court in Florida, the 7 justices of the state Supreme Court meet to decide on cases. The court also regulates the attorneys licensed in Florida and may remove judges. The Supreme Court has mandatory jurisdiction over death penalty cases, validity of state statutes and provisions, bond validations, rule of court procedures, and other matters.

Florida Supreme Court
500 S Duval St
Tallahasse, FL 32399

Florida First District Court of Appeal – The First District Court of Appeal has jurisdiction over final judgments or court orders in cases that aren’t appealable directly to the Supreme Court or aren’t taken from a county court to a circuit court. The Court of Appeal has the power to also review most actions carried out by the executive branch of the state government.

First District Court of Appeal
2000 Drayton Dr
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 487-1000

Florida Drug Courts – The Drug Courts were established to help reduce the rate of recidivism for individuals convicted of drug offenses in Florida. The court tests individuals periodically to ensure that they are meeting the terms of their treatment or probation. In the event that a person fails a drug test, he or she may be further penalized.

Florida Statutes Online – This website contains information related to Florida’s statutes for various offenses, ranging from criminal traffic violations to theft offenses. Unless otherwise noted, the statutes listed are current to the latest legislative session.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles – The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is responsible for administering and processing driver’s licenses, commercial vehicle licenses, vehicle registration and other matters.

Drug Enforcement Administration – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is responsible for enforcing controlled substance laws, investigating major violators of controlled substances at an interstate and international level, managing intelligence gathering, and seizing related assets from these crimes. The DEA is also dedicated to providing information to the public regarding controlled substance laws and safety.

Florida Highway Patrol – The primary task of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is to regulate and control traffic on state highways. This also includes enforcement of traffic law. The website listed contains information on traffic safety, crash reports, and related information.

Florida Highway Patrol
6300 NW 13th St
Gainesville, FL 32653
Phone: (352) 955-3181

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Florida Family Resources

Florida Family Law Self-Help Centers – Among the tasks of the Florida Court System is to provide resources and assistance for people in family law cases, especially those related to domestic violence and unsafe situations for children. The local self-help centers can be found at:

Court Administration, Third Judicial Circuit
Family Court Support Unit
173 NE Hernando Ave #408
Lake City, FL 32055
Phone: (386) 758-2163
Family Case Management Program
201 E University Ave #400
Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone: (352) 374-3694

Florida Department of Children and Families – The Florida DCF (Department of Children and Families) is dedicated to improving the lives of families and individuals throughout the state. Their services provide much needed relief to the children, elderly, and disabled. The DCF maintains the state’s foster program, which places roughly 19,000 children in temporary and permanent homes. Additionally, the DCF places qualified applicants on food stamps, temporary cash assistance, and determines Medicaid eligibility.

1317 Winewood Blvd
Building 1, Room 202
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 487-1111