Civil / Probate / Guardianship


Located in Room 158 at the Indian River County Courthouse

(772) 226-3100

Hours - 8:30 - 4:30

The Civil Department processes civil lawsuits, including small claims, evictions, county court cases, circuit court cases, probate and guardianship cases.

Civil cases are processed in the order received in the Department.


Effective April 2, 2020
Under Executive Order No. 20-94 signed April 2, 2020, a mortgage foreclosure cause of action or an eviction
cause of action are suspended and tolled for 45 days from the date of the Order, including any extensions.

Effective January 1, 2020

Know Your Court Flyer

  •  Small Claims claim amount will increase to $8,000.00.
  • County Court claim amount will increase to $30,000.00.  The filing fee for cases with a claim amount of $15,001.00 up to $30,000.00 will be $400.00.
  • Eviction claim amount will increase to $30,000.00.  The filing fee for cases with a claim amount of $15,001.00 up to $30,000.00 will be $400.00.
  • Circuit Civil claim amount will begin at actions in excess of $30,001.00.


Effective July 1, 2019  


  • The Clerk will provide a copy of the receipt for payment for recording the Declaration for Pre-Need Guardian.  If a Receipt for Pre-Need Guardian is requested, the Clerk's fee for preparation of this Receipt will be $7.00 F.S. 28.24

        County Civil

  • The filing fee for an Eviction case for possession and damages less than $2500.00 is $185.00.
  • The filing fee for an Eviction case for possession and damages that are greater than $2500.00 is $300.00.

Effective January 1, 2019, the Clerk's Office will be including the Clerk's Sale Fee in the amount of $70.00, and the Online Sale Fee in the amount of $70.00 for all new Mortgage Foreclosure cases filed beginning January 1, 2019. F.S. 45.031(3) and 45.035(3)

Effective October 1, 2010, the Clerk’s Office will no longer record death certificates as a part of the probate court record.

As of July 1, 2016:

  • we are increasing our online sale fee to $70.00. This will be in addition to the $70.00 clerks service fee.  F.S. 45.035
  • any party requesting a Notice of Action from the Clerk will be responsible for the publication of their Notice after it has been executed by the Clerk.
  • the Clerk will record Probate documents noted in F.S. 28.223 and 28.2401.  Recording fees will be required for Lis Pendens and Disclaimers. F.S. 48.23 and 739.601 F.S. 28.223 No other petitions, pleadings, papers, or other orders relating to probate matters shall be recorded except on written direction of the court.

Effective October 1, 2016:

  • there will be a $1.00 index fee to process all Miscellaneous Wills, and if you request the Clerk to prepare, sign and seal a Receipt for a Miscellaneous Will, there will be a $7.00 preparation fee. (F.S. 28.24)                   The Clerk will provide a copy of the receipt for payment for indexing at no charge, and this receipt for payment will reflect the date received, and the Miscellaneous Will case number.
  • To record a Declaration for Pre-Need Guardian, it will require the applicable recording fee.   (F.S. 28.24)

Effective November 14, 2016:

Effective January 1, 2017

  • A Notice of Trust filed in the Probate Department will require a $41.00 filing fee, whether it is filed in an existing case, or filed as a new case.  F.S. 28.2401

Effective June 16, 2017

  • The Online Sale Fee of $70.00 will be paid by the Plaintiff when filing for an electronic sale date. F.S. 45.035. This is in addition to the $70.00 pre-sale Clerk’s Service Fee paid by all Plaintiff’s Representatives. This is in accordance with F.S. 45.035.

Effective July 1, 2017

  • Amendments were made to Chapter 744.367, of the Florida Statutes that became law. This revised when Guardians are required to file the Annual Plans of the Person. The Guardian is to file with the Court an Annual Guardianship Plan within 90 days after the last day of the anniversary month that the Letters of Guardianship were signed, and the plan must cover the coming fiscal year ending on the last day in such anniversary month.  The reporting date for Annual Accounting's will remain the same.

Online Search

Online Search for Civil and Probate Records

Small Claims

Cases with a claim amount up to $8000 are filed in Small Claims court.

Packages including the filing information and forms are available in the Civil Department or in the North County office. The packages include:

  1. An informational sheet entitled "Information Needed to File Your Claim";

  2. An original statement of claim, is filed with the clerk along with a copy for each defendant.

  3. A list of filing fees; Fee Schedule

  4. An informational sheet entitled "How to Collect Your Judgment."

In addition to the Clerk's fee, there is a $40.00 fee payable to the Indian River County Sheriff's Department (CHECK THE FEES FOR ALL OTHER COUNTIES) for each defendant being served, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. This payment is separate from the Clerk's fee.

The Sheriff will not accept personal checks, therefore, their fee needs to be paid by a Cashier's Check, Money Order or business check. (We will not be responsible for cash).

You may wish to use the services of a private process server.

If you are serving a party that resides outside of Indian River County, you will need to contact the Sheriff's Office for that County to find out what is required for their service.

Small Claims Packet
Information Needed To File Your Claim
Statement of Claim
Small Claims - Affidavit


If you are filing for an eviction and you are a pro se litigant, the Florida statutes contain the information necessary to file an eviction. The statutes, forms and procedures are available in the Law Library in the Indian River County libraries. To see a brochure for a brief summary of Florida's landlord/tenant law, please click on the Eviction Brochure below.

Eviction Brochure


Florida Statutes - Chapters 45 through 88

Florida Bar Consumer Information


County Court Cases

Cases with a claim amount from $8,001.00 and up to $30,000.00 are filed in County Court.

Circuit Court Cases

Cases involving more than $30,001.00 are filed in Circuit Court.



Frequently Asked Questions


As of July 1, 2003 a statutory fee of $50.00 will be charged for the reopening of any civil action, suit or proceeding in the Circuit Court. F.S. 28.241(1)(b). In County Court, F.S. 34.041(2), cases less than $500.00 the fee is $25.00. Cases more than $500.00 the fee is $50.00.