More than $600,000 available in unclaimed funds
More than $600,000 in unclaimed funds will be returned to the state unless the owners contact us by Sept. 1.
The amounts range from more than $20,000 to $5. The money is in a variety of forms, including checks, cash, liens, garnishments, bonds and transfers of judgment.
“We would hate to see anyone let money that belongs to them go unclaimed,” said Clerk of Court & Comptroller Pat Frank.
Please review this list to see if any of this money belongs to you. If you believe you have an interest in these funds, please write to us at P.O. Box 1110, attn: CCC Accounting, Tampa, FL 33601. If not claimed by Sept. 1 the money will be forfeited.
For further information please call (813) 276-8100.
To help with backlog, Clerk’s Office plans Passport Saturday
While the State Department plans new passport facilities in Tampa to meet demand, Hillsborough Clerk of Court & Comptroller Pat Frank will hold a Passport Saturday event July 16. Learn more.
Additional court records are available online
A broader range of court records are now available online beginning today (June 30). Most court records will be available without the need to register.
Records sealed by a judge or through a court rule will not be available. Registration will be required, however, to view Family Law, Mental Health and Probate records. Go here for more details.
Confidential information, defined by the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, will be redacted before records are made available for public viewing. Records will be scanned electronically and then reviewed by court clerks before they are released. The required redaction takes time so there will be delays between when a record is requested and when it is made available. Our office will strive to provide public access as quickly as possible.
Jury Call Off Information
No juror numbers have been called off. All jurors that have not been previously excused are to report as instructed on 07/25/2016.
8:00 a.m. 1 through 1,361
10:30 a.m. 1,362 through 1,815
The power of love in the face of evil
Hillsborough County Clerk of Court & Comptroller Pat Frank joined thousands of others from across the county Monday at a vigil in Ybor City to honor the 49 people killed during a shooting at an Orlando nightclub. Click here to read the text of her remarks.
Clerk’s Office wins second statewide award
Clerk of Court and Comptroller Pat Frank has won the ACE Award (Advanced Commitment to Excellence) from the Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA).
This is the second statewide award the Clerk's Office has won this year. The first was the Florida Excellence Best Practices Award, presented in April for a major restructuring that improved customer service, increased efficiency and enhanced communication.
The latest award, presented Monday during the opening session of the association’s annual conference in Orlando, was in the category of Process Improvement. The award recognized new procedures that created electronic storage and signatures of County Commission documents and online access of those documents for the public.
The initiative increased transparency, efficiency and accuracy. As a result of this initiative, the public can access important BOCC records online.
The FGFOA was founded in 1937 and serves more than 2,800 professionals from state, county and city governments, school districts, colleges and universities, special districts and private firms through education, networking, leadership and information.
“I am honored to receive an award from such a prestigious group,” said Frank. “To be one of only two recipients of awards is gratifying. I am particularly proud of the leadership of Kimberly Richards, the director of board records, who played an essential role in winning this award.”
Pictured with the award are (left to right) Chief of Staff Dan Klein, Director of Board of County Commissioners Records Kimberly Richards, Pat Frank and FGFOA President Barry Skinner.
Beware: Con artists use jury duty to scam people
Citizens across the United States are being targeted by phone calls and e-mails threatening them with arrest or prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in state and federal courts. Recipients are being pressured to provide money or confidential data, which could lead to identity theft, in order to avoid fines and jail time.
It is the policy of the Clerk of the Court to contact prospective jurors only through a written court summons sent by U.S. Mail. Jurors are not contacted by telephone, email, text message or any other medium. Jury Services does not need or ask for your personal information and does not require a monetary payment of any amount.
If you receive a call requesting personal information or money, immediately call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (813) 247-8000.
Concerned citizens may also contact Jury Services at the Clerk’s Office at 813-276-8100 ext. 4747 to determine whether or not they have been summoned for jury service.
Hillsborough Bar Association honors veteran staff member
Congratulations to Dana Caranante, Director of Civil Court Processing, who has won the prestigious 2016 Hillsborough County Bar Association Court Family Award.
The award, presented May 26 during the quarterly luncheon of the Bar's Trial and Litigation Section, is given annually to a member of the state or federal court support staff who demonstrates courtesy, consideration and professionalism towards members of the bar.
Dana, who has worked for the Clerk’s Office for 29 years, was nominated by Circuit Judge Katherine Essrig.
Please join us in congratulating Dana by leaving a comment on our Facebook page: Facebook.com/hillsclerk
Pictured, left to right: Clerk of Court & Comptroller Pat Frank, Dana Caranante and John Schifino, chair of the Trial and Litigation Section.
Follow us on Facebook!
The Clerk’s Office now has a Facebook page.
If you are one of the hundreds of millions of people around the world who are on Facebook, please go to Facebook.com/hillsclerk and like our page so you can follow along as we tell the story of the hard work we do for you every day. And please invite all your Facebook friends to like the page, too.
You will find announcements, links to news stories about the Clerk’s Office and photos of the great people who make up the Clerk’s Office.
Call Center generates $4 million in credit card payments in first year
One deputy clerk collected $1 million through patience, persistence and a dash of empathy. Read more.
Hillsborough Clerk of Court wins Florida Excellence Award
Hillsborough County Clerk of Court & Comptroller Pat Frank has been honored with a prestigious Florida Excellence Best Practices Award for a major restructuring that improved customer service, increased efficiency and enhanced communication.
The reorganization created the new Customer Service Center at the Edgecomb Courthouse, where the public can pay traffic citations, make child support payments, file civil suits and conduct numerous other transactions.
The Florida Excellence Award is based on the nationally renowned Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award and honors public and private organizations that demonstrate performance excellence in customer service, workforce and organization. Read more.
The Florida Legislature is failing Florida's court clerks
Clerk of Court & Comptroller Pat Frank discussed the "State of the Courts" during a recent Hillsborough Bar Association Luncheon. She called on the audience to demand better treatment from Florida lawmakers, who are taking money from the courts and the clerks to pay for pet projects to avoid raising taxes. It’s a shell game, she said, and it must end. Read more.
The Clerk of the Court touches your life from cradle to grave
In a recent column in the Tampa Bay Times, Clerk of Court & Comptroller Pat Frank discussed the myriad duties of her office, the hard work of her staff and the declining revenues mandated by the Florida legislature. Read more.
Online Access to Court Records is coming soon
By June 30, the public will be able to access civil and criminal court records online. Special steps are being taken to prevent confidential information from being released. Learn more.
Pat Frank works with the History Center to preserve Hillsborough’s oldest book
A book documenting some of the earliest events in Hillsborough County history, locked away in a vault for decades, could soon be accessible to the public. Hillsborough Circuit Court Clerk and Comptroller Pat Frank is working with the Tampa Bay History Center to display the so-called Day Book and digitize its pages so the public can read it. The book includes property transactions, including the ownership of slaves. “In this book is the importance of remembering it all, the deadly-dull minutiae, the monumental and the ugly,” writes Tampa Bay Times columnist Sue Carlton. “It's what happened." Read more.
PROPERTY FRAUD ALERT!
The Clerk is offering a free new service to help you protect your property from fraud by monitoring the documents being recorded in the Official Records of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. By signing up for FREE property fraud alerts, you will receive notifications whenever a document is recorded in Hillsborough County using your name. For more information click here.
NEW MARRIAGE LICENSES NOW AVAILABLE!
New Marriage Licenses saying "Spouse and Spouse" instead of "Bride and Groom" have been approved by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, and are now being issued when couples apply for a marriage license at the Clerk's Office in Official Records, 419 Pierce Street, Room 140.
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