The west facade of the Historic Court House in Bradenton Florida

The Manatee County Clerk's Office Remains Open During Coronavirus Crisis

During the Coronavirus outbreak, the Manatee County Clerk of Court has been here for the community and our staff continues to offer essential services to those in need.  We are proud that we have never closed our doors and we have been able to remain open during this crisis and all services, not otherwise ordered suspended by the Florida Supreme Court, have continued.  We have been diligently working on a modified customer service basis and continue to help our customers in any way that we can. 

For the safety and well-being of everyone, we continue to encourage the use of our services online by visiting our website at: www.manateeclerk.com.  We are also happy to assist anyone at our office with mission essential matters as described in Administrative Order 2020-4.2,  and those critical proceedings related to the state of emergency or public health emergency.  There is someone seated at our front door during business hours, giving guidance on all Clerk of Court matters.  For the convenience of community members and for those who wish to continue social distancing, we have a drop box in our lobby for payments, official records and other paper pleadings.  We are also accepting these items by mail. 

In the coming weeks, following guidelines by the Florida Supreme Court, and our local Chief Judge, we will be moving into a Phase I operating plan.  During this time, we will move from a modified service format to more of our normal counter services to the public by appointment.  This is being done in an effort to reduce large crowds in the office.  We are also installing protective glass along countertops to better assist everyone safely.  In addition to these measures, our office is cleaned and sanitized daily.  

We thank everyone for their patience during this time. We are operating under the Florida Supreme Courts orders as well as Executive Orders by Governor DeSantis, while also balancing CDC Guidelines.  It is our goal to expand our on-line and modified services and continue to assist our customers during these unprecedented times in any way that we can.  We encourage anyone with questions to call our office at: (941) 749-1800.     

To view Administrative Order 2020-4.2, click here: www.jud12.flcourts.org/Portals/0/AdminOrders/Section02/2020-4.2.pdf?ver=2020-03-18-131556-567