COURT SERVICES DIVISION
The Bailiff Unit maintains courtroom decorum and protocol providing protection to Judges, Citizens, Staff to the Judges, Clerk of the Court and Court Administration, and Jurors during trials and hearings, while maintaining custody over inmates. With over 10,341 inmates attending trials and hearings, the Bailiffs escort inmates to and from courtrooms, ensure juvenile defendants are processed accordingly, fingerprint individuals as required, and collected 579 DNA samples per Florida Statues for felony offenses in 2016.
The Civil Process Unit carries out the statutory responsibilities for serving civil arrest orders, subpoenas and summonses, injunctions for protection, mental health orders, and execution of writs and completes the Sheriff’s Return of Service. These judicial process documents originate from the courts, governmental agencies and private attorneys in Florida and throughout the United States.
Office personnel enter and maintain injunctions for protection files through the Florida Crime Information Center and our agency computer system. This unit also schedules the sale of found livestock and other properties that may have been seized under a court order. In 2016, the Civil Unit received 21.933 papers for service, a total of 3,418 enforceable writs and 18,515 non-enforceable writs. For the fiscal year 2015 – 2016 the Civil Process Unit collected and forwarded a total of $293,814.90 to the Board of County Commissioner’s the fees for service of process. The fees are collected in accordance with Florida Statute 30.231 and are non-refundable.