Circuit Civil Frequently Asked Questions

Circuit Civil Frequently Asked Questions
1) How do I get a list of the funds deposited into the registry of court?

You may obtain a list through our registry of the court report

2) How do I file Civil Action Lawsuit and are there forms available?

The Clerk’s Office is prohibited from giving legal advice. You must consult an Attorney for filing of a civil action. The Clerk’s office does not provide forms.  For Manatee County, if you cannot afford an attorney, contact Gulfcoast Legal Services at (941)746-6151 or www.gulfcoastlegal.org, or Legal Aid of Manasota at (941)747-1628 or www.legalaidofmanasota.org.  If you do not qualify for free legal assistance or do not know an attorney, you may email an attorney referral service (telephone listings) or contact the Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service at 1-(800)-342-8011. 

3) What do I need to do if I have been served with a summons?

You must carefully read the summons that you have been served with, as there is a time in which you must file a response to the case. You may submit a written response to the Clerk’s office via the Statewide ePortal, in person, or by mail. If you feel you need to seek legal advice, you must consult with an Attorney. The Clerk’s office is prohibited from giving legal advice. You may also contact the legal service number provided above.

4) How do I know if a property had been set for sale?

You may search by the case number or by owner’s name under our Court Records. This will show you the docket of the case and the sale date will be listed under case information.

5) How do I get a list of Foreclosed Properties?

You may do a record search of Foreclosure cases filed through our Court Records section under case type. You may then select the date range you are seeking of.

6) How can I obtain a list of Properties that have been set for sale?

The list of Foreclosure sales is located on the home page under Foreclosure Sales Calendar

7) How do I obtain the address on a Foreclosed Property?

The Clerk’s does not keep record of the address on foreclosure cases. You will have to do further research for this information. To view more information on a particular case you may become a public subscriber at no charge and be set up to access court records in the convenience of your home or office .You may also visit our Public Access Area in the Historical Courthouse to access court records

8) How can I bid for a foreclosure sale online?

You must register at : www.manatee.realforeclose.com

9) How can I bid for a foreclosure held at the Clerk’s Annex?

It is suggested that you come in person to the Clerk's office on the day of the sale and register with the Clerk. Florida Statutes 45 require that a bidder other than the judgment holder must present a good faith deposit of 5% of your projected bid in cash or cashiers check in order to confirm a bid. You may contact the civil division for a written policy regarding foreclosure sales. Review the policy and procedures on-line.

10) What do I need to do if I have been served with a summons of foreclosure?

You must carefully read the summons that you have been served with, as there is a time in which you must file a response to the case. You may submit a written response to the Clerk’s office in person or by mail. If you feel you need to seek legal advice, you must consult with an Attorney. The Clerk’s office is prohibited form giving legal advice. You may also contact the legal service number provided below:
Gulf Coast Legal Service- 746-6151
Legal Aide of Manasota- 747-1628
Lawyer Referral Service- 1(800) 342-8011

11) If I was the owner of a property in which surplus funds are being held due to a foreclosure sale, how may I obtain these funds?

You must fill out a Foreclosure Surplus Claim form and submit it to our office in person or by mail.  The form will then be submitted to the Court who will determine if you are eligible for these funds.

Contact Circuit Civil
Supervisor: Nikki Monfils
Supervisor Title: Supervisor
Mailing Address
Attn: Circuit Civil
P.O. Box 25400
Bradenton, FL 34206
Physical Address
1115 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205