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Posted on: January 17, 2024

Polk County Clerk Hosts 11th Annual Valentine’s Day Group Wedding

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Registration is now open for courting couples wanting to tie the knot for free on the most romantic day of the year.

On Valentine's Day at noon, Clerk & Comptroller Stacy M. Butterfield is hosting the 11th annual group wedding on the lovely st...

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Posted on: January 10, 2024

Polk County Clerk & Comptroller Holding Saturday Passport Application Event

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Ready for a vacation? Get a jump-start on applying for a passport at this year’s Saturday passport event, hosted by Stacy M. Butterfield, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller.

With hectic work and school schedules, applying fo...

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Posted on: December 13, 2023

Filing Location Change for Eviction & Unlawful Detainer Cases

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The 10th Judicial Circuit Court recently made changes to procedures for filing landlord tenant eviction and unlawful detainer cases, see Administrative Order No. 3-38.5.

 As of Jan. 4, all cases will be handled by a judge in Bartow. This reverses ...

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Posted on: December 12, 2023

New Recording Requirements for Documents Affecting Ownership of Real Property

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As of Jan. 1, 2024, the following information must be included on certain documents recorded in the official records of any county in Florida.

 Preparer Name & Address

  • Name of the person who prepared the item or their supervisor's name...
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Posted on: November 1, 2023

Polk County Clerk’s Office Honors Veterans with Free Passport Photos in November

Free Passport Photos in November for Veterans Website Press Release

In honor of Veterans Day, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield is offering free passport photos to veterans and active-duty military personnel this November. 

“Veterans Day honors and recognizes the ...

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Posted on: October 3, 2023

Polk County Jurors Donate Over $100,000 Since 2006

Polk County Jurors Donate Over $100,000 Since 2006

Polk County leaders joined today to proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

Stacy Butterfield, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, Larry Williams, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Peace River Center, the Polk C...

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Posted on: September 27, 2023

Reaccreditation Inspection for Polk County Clerk’s Department of Inspector General

Inspector General Re-Accreditation

The Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s Department of Inspector General is scheduled for the final inspection in its third reaccreditation by the Florida Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).

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Posted on: August 16, 2023

Your Opinion Matters - Complete The Judicial Circuit Assessment Committee Survey Before Sept. 1

Florida Supreme Court Judicial Circuit Assessment Committee Survey for Clerks

The Florida court system is examining the possibility of streamlining its judicial circuits, and they want your input. This involves the consolidation of circuit and county courts, focusing on criteria like effectiveness, efficiency, access to courts, pro...

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Posted on: July 28, 2023

List of Unclaimed Funds Available—Claim before Sept. 1

Check the Unclaimed Funds List

Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller Stacy M. Butterfield, CPA, has announced the release of the annual list of unclaimed funds from the Clerk's office. These funds consist of unclaimed checks issued during court-related activities.

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Posted on: July 21, 2023

Lakeland Office Reopens Aug. 1

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Stacy M. Butterfield, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, announces Lakeland office will reopen on Tuesday, Aug 1. 

 The Lakeland office is located in the Government Center at 930 E. Parker St. The office hours are M...

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Posted on: July 14, 2023

Polk Clerk Appointed to Judicial Circuit Assessment Committee

Polk Clerk Appointed to Judicial Circuit Assessment Committee

Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller Stacy M. Butterfield, CPA, has been appointed by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Carlos G. Muñiz to serve on the Judicial Circuit Assessment Committee.  

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Posted on: June 13, 2023

Polk Clerk Receives Top Statewide Honors & Best Practice Awards

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Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield was bestowed with three honors at the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers (FCCC) annual training conference. 

 

Clerk Butterfield was awarded the top honor of C...

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Posted on: March 24, 2023

New Northeast Office Opens May 8 | Grand Opening May 6

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The new Polk County Northeast Government Center opens May 8. It is located at 200 Government Center Blvd., Lake Alfred, FL 33850. The government center is home to the Clerk's northeast office as well as several other government offices, including...

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Posted on: March 24, 2023

Notice: Notary and Passport Photo Fee Change

Blue background, white text passport photos $15 and notary $10

The following fees are changing effective April 1:

Notary Fees: $10

Passport Photos: $15

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Posted on: March 23, 2023

TEMPORARY Closure of the Lakeland Office

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Starting May 8, we are TEMPORARILY closing our Lakeland office due to staffing shortages. Court proceedings and jury trials will continue, but the Clerk's service lobby will not be open to customers. 

We will have a drop box available for...

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Posted on: March 7, 2023

Polk County Clerk & Comptroller Holding Saturday Passport Application Event

Passpots on Map of the World

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to get a jump-start on vacation by applying for a passport at this year’s Saturday passport event, hosted by Stacy M. Butterfield, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller.

 

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Posted on: February 14, 2023

CLOSED: Suspended License? - Save on Fees For Outstanding Fines at Operation Green Light

Operation Green Light Graphic: Polk County Clerk of Court's Operation Green Light

For one day only, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield is putting the brakes on collection fees and getting drivers back on the road during Operation Green Light.

 

During the one-day event, t...

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Posted on: January 19, 2023

Polk County Clerk & Comptroller Hosting 10th Annual Valentine’s Day Wedding

Valentines Day Group Wedding Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for courting couples wanting to tie the knot on the most romantic day of the year.

On Valentine's Day at noon, Clerk & Comptroller Stacy M. Butterfield is hosting the 10th annual group marriage ceremony on the lovely steps of t...

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Posted on: January 13, 2023

County Civil Limits Increase to $50,000

County Civil Limits Increase

On Jan. 1, county civil limits will increase from $30,000 to $50,000 and all other previous changes will remain the same.

  • There are still no changes to the fees.
  • The $8,000 small claims limit remains.
  • Civil cover sheets are still required. 

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Posted on: January 13, 2023

Florida's 6th District Court of Appeal Now Open

Florida 6th District Court of Appeal Now Open Map

As of Jan. 1, Florida’s newest District Court of Appeal – the sixth district – is now open. Lakeland was selected as the location for its main office, located at 811 E. Main St. The district website is now live at 6dca.flcourts.gov. 

The sixth DCA...

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Posted on: November 2, 2022

Polk County Clerk’s Office Offers Free Passport Photos in November

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Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield is honoring U.S. military veterans and active-duty personnel this November by offering free passport photos.

“With Veterans Day approaching in November, my office is showing support...

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Posted on: October 18, 2022

Polk Clerk Offers DIY Tool to Help Those Seeking Injunctions for Protection

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2022

 Stacy Butterfield, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, is offering an online DIY tool and in-person DIY Center to simplify injunctions for protection (aka restraining orders). 

The DIY service is an interactive tool...

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Posted on: September 7, 2022

Clerk Butterfield Fully Preserves the First-Ever Deed Book of Polk County

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Clerk Butterfield Fully Preserves the First-Ever Deed Book of Polk County - Dedicates It to the Citizens of Polk County at Commission Meeting

Stacy Butterfield, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, gave a unique presentation to the Pol...

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Posted on: August 3, 2022

List of Unclaimed Funds Available—Claim before Sept. 1

2022 Unclaimed Funds Reminder

Stacy M. Butterfield, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, announces that the annual list of unclaimed funds issued by the Clerk’s office is now available. Each year the Clerk & Comptroller provides a list of people who have uncla...

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Posted on: June 23, 2022

Polk Clerk and County Commissioners Earn Triple Crown Recognition for Finance Practices

Clerk and county team members pose in board room with awards.

Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) together earned the coveted Triple Crown Medallion from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), the national au...

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Posted on: April 28, 2022

DIY Filers: Florida Courts Seek Your Input with Survey

Florida courts seal and navy background with text: DIY Filers Tell the Courts What You Think

Are you currently or have you previously represented yourself in a court case without a lawyer in Florida? The Workgroup on Judicial Practices in Trial Courts wants to hear from you! Complete the Self-Represented Litigant Survey by close of business on Ma...

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Posted on: March 8, 2022

CLOSED - Suspended License? Save on Fees For Outstanding Fines at Operation Green Light

Operation Green Light Graphic: Polk County Clerk of Court's Operation Green Light

This event has ended.

For one day only, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield is putting the brakes on collection fees and getting drivers back on the road during Operation Green Light.

During the special initiative, cus...

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Posted on: February 1, 2022

Polk County Clerk & Comptroller Holding Saturday Passport Application Event

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Those hoping to resume travelling in 2022 can get a jump-start on applying for a passport at this year’s Saturday passport event, hosted by Stacy M. Butterfield, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller on Feb. 26.

Work, school, and COVID-1...

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Posted on: January 24, 2022

2021 Strategic Update Now Available

Chart of Clerk's Strategic Goals - access, serve, engage and protect

Stacy Butterfield, Polk County Clerk of Courts & Comptroller, has released her 2021 Strategic Update, a report that provides residents with an update on the work and development of the Clerk’s office. The report details the advancements of the Clerk’s...

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Posted on: January 19, 2022

Fitch Ratings Upgrades Polk County Bond Ratings

Clerk Stacy Butterfield standing in front of 5 story Polk County administration building

Fitch Ratings recently upgraded two of Polk County’s bond ratings and its Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘AA+’ from ‘AA’. The bonds include:

  • Outstanding public facilities revenue bonds, series 2014
  • Outstandi...
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Posted on: October 15, 2021

Jury Scam Alert

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BEWARE OF SCAMS: Scams are targeting jurors in Polk County in the form of fraudulent phone calls to jurors informing them of a failure to appear for jury duty or that they need to verify their signature. Callers can be very convincing and may pretend to b...

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