Civil

Electronic Submission of Orders and Judgments (Judge Silverman's Proposed Order Process)

Effective September 1, 2015, proposed Orders must be submitted by email to jessica.silva@flcourts18.org. The document(s) should be submitted in Word format and should not be encrypted. The party submitting the order shall be directed to mail a copy to any self-represented party and file a certificate that they have done so. Orders must include the following language:

It is further ORDERED and ADJUDGED that within 5 days from the date of service of this Order/Judgment the Plaintiff shall:

1. Furnish a copy of this Order/Judgment to each self-represented party by U. S. Mail, first class, postage paid;

and

2. File a certificate signed by counsel that delivery of this Order/Judgment has been made as set forth hereto.

You may wish to visit Judge Silverman’s website: www.davidsilverman.com.

Civil

Unless otherwise required by law, it is not necessary to submit the original(s) as a follow-up filing for documents filed electronically.

The County Court has jurisdiction over civil actions in which the matter in controversy does not exceed the sum of $15,000.00. Claims of more than $5,000.00 but less than $15,000.00 are categorized as county civil actions.

The Circuit Court has jurisdiction over civil actions in which the matter in controversy exceeds the sum of $15,000.00, all cases in equity, actions involving the title and boundaries of real property, injunctions, and all civil matters not within the jurisdiction of the county court.

Cases filed pursuant to the Florida Rules of Summary Procedure are categorized as summary claims, formerly known as small claims.

Most landlord / tenant disputes are heard by the County Court.