April 15, 2020
Florida’s Court Clerks and Comptrollers want Floridians to be aware that protective injunctions, including domestic violence injunctions, or restraining orders, are an essential service and remain available to the public. If you are in need of distance from a domestic abuse situation, please do not hesitate to contact your local Clerk to find out how they can best serve you.
“We have all seen the reports that incidents of domestic violence are increasing during this time of quarantine,” said Chris Hart IV, Chief Executive Officer of Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers (FCCC). “No matter the circumstance, Floridians can depend on their Clerks to provide an important avenue to protection.”
“These are stressful times,” said Stacy M. Butterfield, CPA, Clerk & Comptroller for Polk County and FCCC President. “We are committed to being a valuable resource for our communities and working hard to help alleviate that stress however we can—including continuing to provide protective injunction services.”
Other protective injunctions and mental health services remain a priority, including protective injunctions for vulnerable adults and risk protection orders. Baker Act and Marchman Act cases are also continuing during this time to provide protections for individuals experiencing mental health and/or addiction issues.
With many Clerks’ offices offering limited services during the current public health crisis, you should contact your local Clerk’s office directly to determine the best way to file for an injunction. As always, if you are in immediate danger, call 911.
Other important services remain available, and many, such as payments for court-ordered financial obligations, are available online. Contact your Clerk of Court to find out more about online services in your community. You can find your Clerk’s contact information by visiting www.FLClerks.com/page/FindaClerk.
Visit www.FLClerks.com/page/COVID-19 for more information on how Clerks are responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.
Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers (FCCC) is a statewide nonprofit member association composed of the Florida Clerks of the Circuit Court and Comptrollers. FCCC provides local government support services, technical assistance and accreditation opportunities for all members of the association. For more information, visit www.flclerks.com.