Notice Regarding Book/Page Numbers in the Manatee County Clerk’s Official Records
Beginning January 1, 2020, the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller will no longer assign Book and Page numbers to documents recorded in Official Records. The Clerk will continue assigning consecutive Instrument Numbers as the official register numbers to reflect the order in which documents have been recorded. For historical purposes, documents recorded prior to January 1, 2020, will remain indexed and searchable by Book and Page. If you create or use forms that reference Book and Page numbers, you should modify those forms to capture or reference Instrument Numbers for any documents recorded on or after January 1, 2020. Recorded plat maps will continue to receive Book and Page numbers.

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Civil Jurisdictional Changes

Chapter 2019-58, Laws of Florida, raise the county court jurisdictional threshold for civil actions from $15,000 to $30,000, except for those actions within the exclusive jurisdiction of the circuit court, effective January 1, 2020. The bill also requires Clerks to provide claim value data and necessary case event data to the Office of State Courts Administrator (OSCA) for use in the development of an OSCA report, which is due by February 1, 2021. Concurrent with these changes, the Florida Supreme Court recently issued SC19-1354, which amends the Civil Cover Sheet and its instructions in order to collect information on the amount in controversy in civil circuit and non-small-claims county court cases. This opinion also amends Florida Small Claims Rule 7.010 to increase the small claims jurisdictional limit from $5,000 to $8,000.

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