Roger D. Eaton, Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller Banner

COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS UPDATE


Effective March 20th, 2020 and until further notice, the Official Records Offices at the Clerk’s Charlotte County Justice Center and Murdock Administration Complex will be closed to the public. Essential Court Offices remain open.

OFFICIAL RECORDS / RECORDING

The safety of our customers and staff remains our highest priority. While the Official Records lobbies are closed to the public, we have staff available to process transactions. All customers can continue to complete transactions online, by mail, or by drop box.

To complete a recording transaction by mail, please forward to 350 E. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL 33950.

To complete a recording transaction by drop box, and with the cooperation of the Tax Collector’s Office, you may use any of their 4 drop-off box locations:

  • 18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
  • 410 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
  • 6868 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224
  • 21229 Olean Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33952 **(Drive thru location) – To be used for Tax Deed Redemption

Along with the Recording Documents you mail or drop, you must include your name and telephone number in the event there is an issue with the documents and we need to reach you. Additionally, a check or money order for the proper recording fee must be attached to your Recording Documents. Cash cannot be accepted.

MARRIAGE APPLICATIONS AND CEREMONIES

Our Official Records Offices also handle marriage license applications and perform ceremonies. You can begin your marriage license online at www.charlotteclerk.com. However, finalizing your marriage application and performing your marriage ceremony cannot take place or be scheduled at this time due to CDC social distancing recommendations

PASSPORT APPLICATIONS

Our Official Records Offices also handle the processing of passport applications. Consistent with the U.S. Department of State’s guidelines, we cannot process passport applications at this time.

TAX DEEDS

Our Official Records Offices also handle tax deed sales. Redemptions of tax certificates may be made by mail or delivery to one of the drop box locations listed above. However, if the tax deed auction is scheduled within 2 business days, then please use one of the drop box locations to ensure proper credit before the tax deed auction.

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 and Charlotte County Government to review our emergency action plans. As always, we are maintaining a healthy and clean environment in all our offices at the Charlotte County Justice Center and the Murdock Administration Building. 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.

Our office’s staff has been briefed by Dr. Joseph Pepe, Administrator for the Florida Department of Health for Charlotte County, on the best protocols to stop the advance of the Coronavirus. Social distancing, diligent sanitary protocols, and all other recommendations of Dr. Pepe have already been implemented.

In addition to the steps the Clerk’s office has taken to slow the advance of the Coronavirus, please note that Administrative Order No. 2.39 dated March 18, 2020 in accordance with the directives of the Florida Supreme Court, all grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials are suspended and will remain suspended until further notice or until superseded by further order of this Court or the Florida Supreme Court. If you have received a jury summons please disregard. No future jury summons will be mailed at this time. If you have any concerns please contact Jury Services at 941-833-3054 or email us at juryservices@charlotteclerk.com .

Administrative Order AOSC20-15 includes:

  • All circuit and county courts shall continue to perform essential court proceedings, including but not limited to: first appearance; criminal arraignments as necessary; hearings on motions to set or modify monetary bail for individuals who are in custody; juvenile dependency shelter hearings; juvenile delinquency detention hearings; hearings on petitions for temporary injunctions relating to safety of an individual; hearings on petitions for risk protection orders; hearings on petitions for the appointment of an emergency temporary guardian; hearings to determine whether an individual should be involuntarily committed under the Baker Act or the Marchman Act; and hearings on petitions for extraordinary writs as necessary to protect constitutional rights.
  • In addition to essential proceedings, all circuit and county courts shall perform, as necessary and applicable, critical proceedings related to the state of emergency or the public health emergency, including but not limited to proceedings related to: violation of quarantine or isolation; violation of orders to limit travel; violation of orders to close public or private buildings; and enforcement of curfew orders.
  • In conducting essential proceedings and proceedings critical to the state of emergency or the public health emergency, circuit and county courts shall employ all methods practicable to minimize risk of COVID-19 exposure to individuals involved in the proceedings or the general public.

To read the the entire order click here.

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 electronically filing documents. Through the Clerk of Courts’ Online Services, you can access 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 Justice Center or Murdock Administration Building. 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 CharlotteClerk.com.

For additional information please see the latest Supreme Court of Florida Administrative Order No. AOSC20-15, Charlotte County Courts Temporary Procedures in Criminal Proceedings Memorandum, Administrative Order No. 239 or visit the Florida Department of Health web site regarding COVID-19

FOR CONTINUOUS UPDATES…

For more information, please visit our website at CharlotteClerk.com.