Clerk's News

These are the most recent news items from the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller.  For older articles please view the News Archive.

Potential Jurors Urged To Use eJuror in Manatee County
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 --
Jury trials have resumed in Manatee County after being suspended for several months due to COVID-19. The 12th Judicial Circuit Court has transitioned into Phase 2 of the Florida Supreme Court guidelines, which permits the resumption of in-person trials. Jury summons started being mailed out earlier this month.
In an effort to keep jurors and court employees safe during the Covid pan…
Judy Powell to Retire from Manatee County Child Support Program, Crystal Waiters to Serve as Director
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 --

Picture of Judy Powell, who is retiring as the Director of the Child Support ProgramThe Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Office announces that Judy Powell, Director, of the Child Support Program (CSP), will retire, effective September 11, 2020. 

Powell has worked for the Clerk’s office since August 1985.  During her time at the Clerk’s Office, she has held the titles of: Secretary, Case Manager, Supervisor, Trainer, Deputy Director and Director.  For t…

Manatee Clerk's Office Continues to Offer Marriage Licenses, But No Longer Performing Ceremonies
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 --

Our office continues to serve you in “saying I do.”  To apply for a marriage license at the Manatee Clerk’s Office, be sure to fill out the required paperwork on-line and call to make an appointment.  To fill out your application, visit:  To make an appointment, call (941)749-1800 and we will schedule you during our normal business hours, Monday …

Foreclosure and Eviction Proceedings Continue in Manatee, Sarasota and Desoto Counties…
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 --

In accordance with Executive Order 20-211, extending Executive Order 20-180, entered by Governor Ron DeSantis on August 31, 2020, and local court administrative order, there remains a limited extension of relief for single-family mortgagors and residential tenants adversely affected by the COVID-19 emergency until October 1, 2020. The order does not provide for the suspension of other types of mor…

Manatee County Clerk of the Court Cancels Teen Court Attorney Training Until 2021
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 --

Every year, the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Office looks forward to training local teenagers to participate in our Teen Court program. Given the concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming October Teen Court Attorney Training session. This was a tough decision to make. But, we need to prioritize the health and safety of our sta…

Manatee Clerk’s Office Welcomes Summer Smith-Pope as Public Relations Specialist
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 --

The Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Office announces and welcomes Summer Smith-Pope as the new Public Relations Specialist.  Smith-Pope is in charge of the Clerk’s internal and external communications, website and social media, along with growing and maintaining media relations and promoting positive public awareness.

Smith-Pope takes the position as Public Relations S…

Know Your Options When Paying a Traffic Citation!
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 --

Did you know that after receiving a traffic ticket, you only have 30 days to pay it?  If you have questions about what you are supposed to do upon receipt of a traffic ticket, please watch this informative video by the Manatee County Clerk’s Office.


More Foreclosure and Eviction Proceedings Resume in Manatee, Sarasota and Desoto Counties…
Friday, August 7, 2020 --

In addition to the Executive Order 20-180 entered by Governor Ron DeSantis on July 29, 2020, the Manatee County Clerk’s office received an updated local court administrative order regarding the suspension of foreclosures and evictions effective immediately and until September 1, 2020.   

The order provides for a limited extension of relief for single-family mortgagors and residential tenants adve…

Passport Application Update August 2020
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 --

The Manatee County Clerk’s Office continues to be unable to accept passport applications.  The U.S. Department of State will resume processing passports in phases.  Each passport agency and center will open on a different date based on location conditions.  We do not have a passport opening date at the Manatee Clerk’s Office at this time.

Passport agencies and centers are only open to assist cust…