News from the Orange County Clerk of Courts

August 2020

Is Your Name on the 2020 Unclaimed Checks List?
Last month, I announced that my office’s unclaimed checks list had been published. Did you know my office may have money in your name waiting for you to claim it? You can find out by viewing our unclaimed checks list at http://www.myorangeclerk.com. If you see your name on the list, by statute, you have until September 1, 2020 to claim the money.

The checks on the list were mailed, but never cashed.
There are many reasons this occurs, including if the intended recipient moved away and did not leave a forwarding address, put the check away and forgot about it, and more. Whether you’re an individual, business, or organization, make sure to view the unclaimed checks list. Our customers are a priority and I want them to receive the money that is rightfully theirs. That is why every year we go above and beyond to spread the word about our unclaimed checks list.

To see if we are holding unclaimed funds in your name, click the button below to search the list.
View Unclaimed Checks List

Relief Funding Helps Orange County Clerk of Courts Avert Office Closures
The Orange County Clerk of Courts has averted closing offices and implementing furloughs after the Orange County Board of Commissioners voted to approve $1.5 million in emergency relief funding for my office.
This relief funding means the Clerk’s Office will be able to continue to operate during regular business hours Monday through Friday for all services which are normally provided.

I am very grateful the Board of County Commissioners recognized our urgent need. This relief funding helps avert a major impact on the public and courts as my office provides critical and essential services per statute, to circuit and county courts. This action also helps my staff avoid any potential financial hardship that the furlough would have created.

The effect COVID-19 has had on Florida’s Clerks of Court has been severe, because of the unique way the offices are funded under Florida law. Clerks have no statutory authority to create or maintain a reserve or emergency fund. Clerks are funded by fines, and fees and court costs which they collect, and which have been greatly reduced during the pandemic

The pandemic has created a major financial challenge for Clerks of the Court across the state requiring a $60 million reduction in operating budgets. This resulted in a cut of $3.85 million to the Orange County Clerk’s court operations budget. This amounts to a 53.04% cut to my office’s 4th quarter budget.

While this emergency funding is a significant relief for my office, Clerk’s Offices across the state continue to work closely with the Governor’s Office to try and obtain other relief funding to fill the gap.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Connected!
As a reminder, you don’t have to come in person for many Clerk services. You can use my website’s online resources to take care of your Clerk-related business right from the comfort and safety of home 24/7.
Before visiting our offices, contact my staff to see if your question can be answered without even having to come in. Simply go to our Contact Us page to submit a question or request.
If you’ve been financially impacted by COVID-19 and have outstanding payments in Orange County, please click here to discuss the options available, such as payment plans.
Please continue to read our online coronavirus update for more details and the latest information. We are closely monitoring developments and working with our judicial and government partners on a coordinated response.

Watch the Evictions Legal Matters Webinar Now
My office recently hosted a special virtual edition of the Legal Matters forum series as an online Zoom webinar to provide information and answer questions about evictions in a COVID-19 environment.

Featured topics in this FREE legal educational event included a glance at the evictions process and FAQs, defense and course of action from a legal perspective, and the judiciary process: tips from the bench.

LEGAL MATTERS
Topics: Evictions Process in a COVID-19 Environment
Originally Broadcast: July 23, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Click below to watch a recording of the webinar!

Appointments and Online Payments
Did you know that you can make appointments for marriage licenses and passports online?

At your scheduled appointment time, you can come in to complete a marriage license or passport application. If applying for a marriage license, applicants must complete the eMarriage application prior to their appointment to help make the process even faster for you and lessen the time you must spend in our lobbies.
Make Payments

Payments for traffic tickets or criminal fines can be made right from our website. You can also find information about payment plans and other payment options.

Payments can also be made at any Amscot or Western Union location.

What are payment plans? The Clerk of Courts offers flexible options for paying outstanding debts to those who owe court-ordered financial obligations for a traffic or criminal case. If you or someone you know would benefit from enrolling in a payment plan please click here to contact us to discuss options available to you right from the comfort of home.

Letters of Courage Initiative Helps Survivors of Domestic Violence
I am immensely proud of our Clerks CARE Ambassadors and deputy clerks who continue to demonstrate their passion for giving back to the community even during these challenging times. A special thank you to all of those who participated in our “Letters of Courage” initiative to write letters of encouragement and support to domestic violence survivors. We received a grand total of 100 letters from our deputy clerks which include poems, banners, small gifts and one deputy clerk even took the time to write 365 positive quotes.
These will all be delivered to our key partner Harbor House of Central Florida who will assist us in distributing them to their Women’s Shelter.
As you may know, Domestic Violence Awareness and prevention is a vital topic to me. At the Clerk of Courts, our Family Services Injunctions team assists those affected by domestic abuse, repeat, sexual, dating and stalking violence to obtain restraining orders. We hope that we are able to lift the spirits of survivors through this initiative.
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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.
Please take a moment to let us know what we did well as well as where we still have opportunities to improve.
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Tiffany Moore Russell
Orange County Clerk of Courts

http://www.myorangeclerk.com

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