Florida Court Clerks celebrate passage of procedural “clean-up” bill

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Court clerks statewide are celebrating a new bipartisan bill passed by the Florida Legislature that seeks streamline many of their day-to-day duties, and make their jobs easier.

Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers thanked Democratic State Sen. Jeremy Ring and Republican Rep. Ray Pilon for their role in the unanimous passage of HB 797, now headed to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature.

“We thank Senator Ring and Representative Pilon for their efforts in ensuring House Bill 797 – an important clean-up bill for the Clerks of the Court – passed this session,” said Sarasota Clerk of Court Karen Rushing, legislative chair of Florida’s Court Clerks & Comptrollers. “While these changes to legislation are procedural in nature, they are very important components that will allow Clerks across the state to do their jobs more efficiently.  We look forward to Governor Scott signing this good bill into law.”

HB 797 makes sweeping changes in Clerk of the Court procedures, including authorizing Clerks of the Court to pay jurors and witnesses by check; providing for garnishment deposits to be paid directly to the garnishee’s attorney; a tax deed provisions clarifying that the certificate holders are required to pay the fees to complete the property transfer process.

The bill also provides for redeeming tax certificates any time prior to issuance of a tax deed, and establish distribution procedures for Clerks to distribute excess funds, based on priorities of the claim.

 

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