Announcements

6/4/2020 – COVID-19 Updates & Clerk Operations

Tom Bexley, Flagler County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller announced that the Clerk’s office will reopen its doors this coming Monday, June 8th and will resume its operations to the public.

“With the opening, our office will operate according to the phase 2 guidelines recently established by Governor DeSantis. This will incorporate among other things, social distancing, the mandatory wearing of masks and hourly cleaning in places where the public does business,” Clerk Bexley said.

For the last few months, the Flagler County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s office has operated under the guidelines provided by the state’s Supreme Court and the Center for Disease Control.

“The health and safety of our courthouse staff and the public continues to be our top priority. However, we must make sure that continued access to the judiciary and to the Clerk of Court & Comptroller’s services are maintained,” Clerk Bexley went on to say.

In keeping with the health and safety of all involved, the phase 2 guidelines established by the Governor to reopen the state will be maintained until further notice.

Everyone is encouraged to visit the Governor’s website at www.flgov.com for more information regarding the reopening of the state.

4/1/2020 – COVID-19 Updates & Clerk Operations

In response to the public concern of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and social distancing advisements from State of Florida Authorities, Flagler County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller Tom Bexley announces changes to clerk-related services.

Clerk Office Closed to the Public, Remote Services Available

Effective Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the Clerk’s office is closed to the public except for essential services and any services that can be done online, by telephone, or by electronic means. This affects all those seeking walk-in services. The offices will remain closed except for essential services as identified by our Chief Judge’s Administrative Order until further notice. We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented COVID-19 situation and look forward to assisting you.

Remote services that are still available to the public include by visiting FlaglerClerk.com:

Mail traffic school completion certificates to 1769 E Moody Blvd, Bldg. 1, Bunnell, FL 32110

Note: You may also use the “Pay Near Me” service that allows you to generate a voucher that allows you to use your hand-held device or printed bar code to pay your traffic ticket in cash at all 7 Eleven, Family Dollar, & Ace Cash Express locations. For more information click on the Pay Near Me link for detailed instructions. 

Clerk Drop Desk for Document Processing

We are offering a Clerk Drop Desk at the Flagler County courthouse (Kim C. Hammond Justice Center) for document processing. This drop point serves as a place where customers provide us with the documents that they need to be processed, such as Notice of Commencements. Be sure to include your complete contact information which includes your email address with the documents that are delivered to be processed. Once processed, we will return the documents to the customer by mail.

Keeping with social distancing advisements, a six-foot distance will be maintained between Clerk staff and customers. We ask that customers who use this option to please follow these steps:

  1. Customers will drop off their documents at the designated Clerk Drop Desk in the Flagler County courthouse (Kim C. Hammond Justice Center) location only.
  2. Please attach a cover letter that describes the matter of your business. Also, please provide us with your contact information: name, telephone number, email and mailing address for where documents should be returned to.
  3. Note in your letter if you need a certified copy of Notice of Commencement immediately. We will email you a copy of the certified document.
  4. If applicable, payments must be made by check, cashier’s check, or money order to Flagler County Clerk of Courts.

Please note, the Chief Judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit has ordered that “Any person, regardless of status, who is exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or any person who has knowingly been in contact with another person who is suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 virus, is prohibited from entering any court facility. Court Bailiffs and local Sheriff Deputies are hereby granted the authority to screen and eject persons from courtrooms, courthouses, or court facilities in accordance with this Administrative Order.”

Jury Duty

Jury duty is suspended through April 17. Anyone called for jury duty during these dates SHOULD NOT report for duty.

Please note, the Clerk’s office will continue to mail out summons to avoid delay to future court processes once the suspension of all jury trials is lifted. Jurors summoned to report for future dates beyond April 17 should still proceed as directed. However, it’s possible that additional cancellations will occur. Updates will be shared on FlaglerClerk.com, the Flagler County Clerk Facebook page, and through notifications to the media. 

Foreclosure Sales

All foreclosure sales are canceled until further notice. Please check back with the Clerk’s office in a few weeks for new sale dates.

Tax Deed Sales

All Tax Deed Sales are canceled until further notice. Please check back with the Clerk’s office in a few weeks for new sale dates.

Marriage

Marriage license applications and ceremonies are suspended at this time. If you have already obtained a marriage license please be aware that the Clerk is not permitted to extend the expiration date of any marriage license or waive the fees to renew it. Remember, it is not necessary to wait for the Clerk to perform the marriage. Any qualified notary public in the state of Florida is authorized to perform marriage ceremonies.

3/19/2020 – Message Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Clerk Operations

We are continuously monitoring developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID19).

The Flagler County Clerk’s office remain open for business. The health and safety of our courthouse, staff and the public is our top priority, but we must also strive to ensure continued access to the judiciary and to the Clerk of Court’s services.

The Chief Justice of the state’s Supreme Court, Charles Canady, issued an administrative order earlier this week setting forth the State Courts System’s response to the current situation. This follows Governor DeSantis’ declaration of a statewide emergency and the announcement by the World Health Organization that COVID-19 has become a “pandemic”. 

In response to these declarations, the Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit, Raul Zambrano, issued an administrative order limiting the services provided by the Seventh Judicial Circuit to those “mission critical” functions outlined in his order (click here to view). 

In addition to those “mission critical” functions outlined in Judge Zambrano’s order, The Clerk’s office will provide the following limited services.

Court Functions

  • Domestic violence, repeat violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking injunctions, as well as all chapter 39 injunctions
  • Marchman Acts
  • Baker Acts
  • Vulnerable Adult Injunctions
  • Requests for search warrants and arrest

Other Clerk Functions

  • All recording functions except issuance of marriage licenses & ceremonies.
  • All payment obligations

All other functions may be done electronically or by calling the Clerk’s office at 386-313-4400.

The Clerk’s office is committed to providing the best possible service during this emergency. In the meantime, we encourage everyone follow the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines and:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Regularly clean and disinfect “high touch” surfaces
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick

The Clerk’s office may also consider taking additional preparedness steps in keeping with advice of public health authorities.

Tom Bexley
Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller 

Update: The Florida Supreme Court has issued Supreme Court of Florida Administrative Order No. AOSC20-17 extending previous orders until Friday, April 17, 2020.

3/16/2020 – COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS UPDATE NO JURY THROUGH 03/27/2020

The Clerk’s office values our citizen’s health and is taking every precaution to maintain a safe environment. We are working closely with our court judicial partners  to review our emergency action plans. As always, we are maintaining a healthy and clean environment in all our offices at the Flagler County County Courthouse – Kim C. Hammond Justice Center. However, due to the highly contagious nature of Coronavirus, the Clerk’s office is taking additional steps to protect our citizens coming into our offices.

Please note, AOSC20-13 has temporarily suspended jury selection proceedings, as well as criminal and civil jury trials beginning Monday, March 16th 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. Jurors serving the courts of Flagler County with summonses for the weeks of March 16 and March 23, 2020 do not need to report or check for further reporting instructions. All other jurors please follow the instructions on your summons. As more information becomes available the message will be updated as well as our website.

If you are exhibiting any symptoms related to Coronavirus, please refrain from visiting our offices. If you have a hearing, or anything else requiring your presence while you are still exhibiting symptoms, please make all appropriate arrangements to excuse your presence. For the foreseeable immediate future, we are requesting that unless your presence is required at the Flagler County Courthouse – Kim C. Hammond Justice Center, please try using our website and all the services it provides.

Our office is pleased to provide the citizens with a robust, safe and secure online resource ranging from making online payments, to searching court case information, to initiating a marriage license application. Through the FlaglerClerk.com website, you can access all of our public services online along with a wealth of information maintained by our office!

We are proud of our continued efforts to provide efficient and reliable access to our services. All of our online services were designed to respect our customers’ time and expense by reducing or eliminating the need to make a trip to the Flagler County Courthouse – Kim C. Hammond Justice Center. Our online services can be used at a time and place that is most convenient for you. We invite you to visit our website at FlaglerClerk.com.

For additional information please see the latest Supreme Court of Florida Administrative Order No. AOSC20-13 or visit the Florida Department of Health web site regarding COVID-19

3/13/2020 – Message Regarding Coronavirus Disease (COVID19)

We are continuously monitoring developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID19).

The Flagler County Clerk’s office remains open for business. The health and safety of our courthouse, staff and the public is our top priority, but we must also strive to ensure continued access to the judiciary and to the Clerk of Court’s services.

The Chief Justice of the state’s Supreme Court, Charles Canady, issued an administrative order earlier this week setting forth the State Courts System’s response to the current situation. This follows Governor DeSantis’ declaration of a statewide emergency and the announcement by the World Health Organization that COVID-19 has become a “pandemic”. 

The Clerk’s office is reviewing its emergency operations plans in the event it becomes necessary to implement certain procedures. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Regularly clean and disinfect “high touch” surfaces
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick

The Clerk’s office may consider taking additional preparedness steps in keeping with advice of public health authorities.

Tom Bexley
Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller