E-Filing Portal is accepting filing in all Florida courts
'Even if the clerk’s office is closed, those filings are going to be time stamped when they’re filed, and they going to be held in an electronic queue for the clerk'
Florida’s clerks are continuing to process court files and perform other vital services in the wake of Hurricane Ian, assures the head of their statewide organization.
Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers CEO Chris Hart credits a robust disaster recovery and business continuity plan.
“The E-Filing Portal can still accept filings in all courts, 24/7,” he said. “Even if the clerk’s office is closed, those filings are going to be time stamped when they’re filed, and they’re going to be held in an electronic queue for the clerk.”
Clerks were still assessing damage to facilities late Thursday, Hart said. Ian came ashore near Ft. Myers early Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 storm with 150 mph plus and a deadly storm surge that contributed to massive flooding.
Ian weakened to a Tropical Storm as it tracked northeast, but torrential rains contributed to widespread flooding and power outages throughout Central Florida.
“We may know more on Monday,” Hart said.
The CCIS, or Comprehensive Case Information System, continues to serve “our government partners,” Hart said.
“So, if the state attorney, or the public defender, or the sheriff, need information about court cases, they can still do that through CCIS,” he said.
However, some images may not be available, Hart said.
Clerks also maintain the ability to process fines, fees, and child support, Hart said.
“We have something called a ‘remote lock box’ that allows us to process on behalf of any clerk impacted by the storm,” he said. “Those kids can still get the money they need.”