Thanks to a 7% increase in the budget for Florida clerks of the court, Tampa area clerks will increase their hours beginning October 1, 2012. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the seven percent increase restores the amount that was cut from the statewide clerk budget in the spring, when office hour were reduced.
These extended office hours will allow Tampa Bay clerks to tackle the current backlog and hopefully help family law cases to be processed faster.
The local clerks’ new office hours (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays) are listed below:
- Hillsborough County – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
- Pasco County – 8:30 to 5:00 p.m.;
- Pinellas County – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
- Hernando County – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
- Manatee County – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (according to the Bradenton Herald, though as of the date of this post, the Manatee Clerk still lists its hours as 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.);
- Sarasota County – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and
- Polk County – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The clerks’ office hours are subject to change.
If you have a Tampa Bay family law case and you wish to schedule a consultation with a local family law attorney, contact The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., at (813) 443-0615 or fill out our online form.