Center Court – The Newsletter of the Orange CouCourts

Claim Your Unclaimed Checks by September 1

Last month, I announced that my office may have money for you in the form of a check. You can find out if your name is on the list by viewing our unclaimed checks list at By statute, you have until September 1, 2017 to claim the money.  

The checks listed are those that were mailed but never cashed. There are many reasons why this occurs, perhaps because the intended recipient moved away and did not leave a forwarding address, or put the check away and forgot about it.

Whether you’re an individual, business, or an organization, make sure to view the unclaimed checks list. Every year we go above and beyond to spread the word because our customers are a priority, and I want them to receive the money that is rightfully theirs. One couple discovered they had more than $2,300 waiting for them. Click here to see their story.

To see if we are holding unclaimed funds in your name, visit to search the list.   

View Unclaimed Checks
Going Green

The Clerk’s Office Goes Green and High Tech

My office has reached an important milestone in our quest to reduce our environmental footprint while also improving technology for customers. Starting August 1, 2017, all courtrooms went file-less. This achievement was Phase II of my office’s “Less Paper Initiative,” which marks a huge step forward toward reducing paper waste. From 2010 to 2016, we reduced our annual paper usage by 2,160,000 sheets, which equals $17,000 a year. Using a calculation on ecologically sustainable paper markets, this initiative has already saved 1,554 trees over the last six years and will continue to save at least an additional 259 trees each year on this single initiative.

Now, electronic documents won’t need to be printed and carted into and out of court each day. This increases efficiency in the courtroom, and judges won’t have to flip through pages and pages of documents. 

Along with going green in the courtroom, we continue to improve our website. Since the re-launch of our website, we have received more than 6 million views. Our new website is easy to navigate with different media devices, such as tablets and mobile phones, so our information is available at your fingertips. New features are being developed all the time to help you self-serve on your schedule, reducing the need for paper, time, and travel to our locations.

Our office will continue to make technological advancements and ecologically-friendly enhancements to improve the customer experience.
Connect with the Clerk

New Ways to #ConnectWithTheClerk 

In our continued efforts to educate the community on the services we provide and to increase public access to the judicial system, we are building a strong presence on our social media outlets and increasing customer feedback through surveys. This has led to the re-launch of our LinkedIn page and new promotional advertisements on Facebook. Our social media pages will continue to be an outlet for customers to get daily organizational updates such as upcoming events, initiatives, and messages directly from me, just to name a few.  

I invite you to connect with me on all of our social media pages that are listed below:

 Clerk of Courts Facebook Clerk of Courts Twitter Clerk of Courts YouTube Clerk of Courts LinkedIn
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Tell Us How We’re Doing

If you have recently conducted business with the Clerk’s Office, I’d like to hear from you. Customer service is at the core of what we do for the citizens of Orange County. From process improvements and educational initiatives to technological advancements and community outreach, the customer is always our top priority.

Please take a moment to let us know what we did well as well as where we still have opportunities to improve.

Give Feedback

August Star Performer

Congratulations to Jared Arnett, our Star Performer for the month of August. Jared is a deputy clerk in the Traffic division. He was chosen as this month’s recipient because of his versatile skill set and willingness to go the extra mile.

“Jared excels above and beyond on a daily basis,” said a colleague. “He has many unique talents that he brings to the organization and uses for the good of everyone. Jared is an extremely caring and diligent co-worker, always eager for new challenges. There isn’t a task too big or small that he isn’t willing to help with.”
In the Community
Left: Clerk Russell addressed the Orange County Board of County Commissioners at the budget workshop to thank them for the much needed Data Network Infrastructure upgrade to the Downtown Orlando Courthouse. Center: General Counsel David Margolis gives a presentation on our role as the custodian of evidence to the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Youth Leaders Program. Right: Clerk Russell gave a tour to a group of young female students interested in working in public service.
Upcoming Events

Friday, August 18th: Town of Eatonville 130th Anniversary Legacy Reception on Lake Destiny Road, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday, August 21st: 2017 Solar Eclipse at the Orlando Science Center, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, August 30th: Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase at the Orlando Science Center, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tiffany Moore Russell

Orange County Clerk of Courts

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