Clerk Info News & Announcements

Richard O. Watson Judicial Center Closed to the Public Outside Mission Critical Court Proceedings

UPDATED March 30, 2020

The St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Office suspended all public services at 5 p.m. on March 19, 2020 through April 20, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. except those deemed to be “mission critical” as defined in Circuit Judge Howard Maltz’s March 27, 2020 [amended] Administrative Order regarding court closure and emergency procedures.

“The health of the public and our clerks is our number one priority during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said St. Johns County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller Brandon Patty. “Suspending those activities that can wait until the crisis is over will curtail virus transmission opportunities.” In accordance with the March 27, 2020 [amended] Administrative Order signed by Judge Maltz, the following procedures will be in effect:

  1. Only the following court proceedings deemed mission critical will be conducted as necessary through April 20, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.:
    1. First appearances;
    2. Bond hearings;
    3. Juvenile detention hearings;
    4. Juvenile shelter hearings;
    5. Domestic violence, repeat violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking injunctions, as well as all chapter 39 injunctions;
    6. Risk protection orders;
    7. Marchman Acts;
    8. Baker Acts;
    9. Family law (including juvenile) cases where the imminent safety of children is an issue;
    10. Vulnerable Adult injunctions;
    11. Emergency incapacity petitions and appointment of guardians;
    12. Proceedings involving requests for “do not resuscitate” orders;
    13. Adult Protective Service Act proceedings;
    14. Requests for search warrants and arrest warrants;
    15. Violations of quarantine or isolation orders;
    16. Violations of orders to limit travel;
    17. Violations of orders to close public or private buildings;
    18. Seizure of bodily fluids;
    19. Mandatory vaccinations proceedings;
    20. Enforcement of curfew orders;
    21. Extraordinary writs;
    22. Any other “emergency” proceedings or hearings as authorized by the Chief Judge.

All other court proceedings are hereby cancelled and will be rescheduled. All other filings, recordings, and marriage services are hereby suspended until April 17, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

For a complete copy of the order, click here.

Brandon Patty
St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller


Clerk of Court Online and In-Person Services

March 23, 2020

The St. Johns County Clerk of Court’s Office is closed to the public for non-mission critical court functions; however, you can still take advantage of several of our online services while the Judicial Center is closed.

If you need to record in the official records, please follow this link https://stjohnsclerk.com/erecording-vendor/ to use one of our e-recording vendors.

We have also partnered with the county to provide recording of your real estate related documents at the permitting office.

At this time, marriage ceremonies and passport services have been suspended.

The St. Johns County Clerk of Court’s Office remains open to the public for mission critical functions.
All other filings can still be processed through our e-filing services. If you need to file in your court case, please follow this link https://stjohnsclerk.com/courts/efile/.

Those with courthouse business are strongly encouraged to call (904) 819-3600 or email coc@sjccoc.us prior to coming to the courthouse to confirm that the needed services are currently available in person.

The public may also visit https://stjohnsclerk.com to pay court fines, file court documents and more.

Jury Duty

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), the Florida Supreme Court has suspended all grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings and criminal and civil jury trials from Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, April 17, 2020.

Those who have been summoned for jury duty through April 17, 2020 are hereby excused and do not need to report. The courthouse remains open for all other services, many of which may be performed online at https://stjohnsclerk.com.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding through this time. We stand ready to serve in any way we can.

Brandon Patty
St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller


Richard O. Watson Judicial Center Closed to the Public Outside Mission Critical Court Proceedings

March 19, 2020

The St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Office suspended all public services at 5 p.m. on March 19, 2020 through April6, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. except those deemed to be “mission critical” as defined in Circuit Judge Howard Maltz’s March 18, 2020 Administrative Order regarding court closure and emergency procedures.

“The health of the public and our clerks is our number one priority during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said St. Johns County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller Brandon Patty. “Suspending those activities that can wait until the crisis is over will curtail virus transmission opportunities.” In accordance with the March 18, 2020 Administrative Order signed by Judge Maltz, the following procedures will be in effect:

  1. Only the following court proceedings deemed mission critical will be conducted as necessary through April 5, 2020:
    1. First appearances;
    2. Bond hearings;
    3. Juvenile detention hearings;
    4. Juvenile shelter hearings;
    5. Domestic violence, repeat violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking injunctions, as well as all chapter 39 injunctions;
    6. Risk protection orders;
    7. Marchman Acts;
    8. Baker Acts;
    9. Family law (including juvenile) cases where the imminent safety of children is an issue; j. Vulnerable Adult injunctions;
    10. Emergency incapacity petitions and appointment of guardians;
    11. Proceedings involving requests for “do not resuscitate” orders;
    12. Adult Protective Service Act proceedings;
    13. Requests for search warrants and arrest warrants;
    14. Violations of quarantine or isolation orders;
    15. Violations of orders to limit travel;
    16. Violations of orders to close public or private buildings;
    17. Seizure of bodily fluids;
    18. Mandatory vaccinations proceedings;
    19. Enforcement of curfew orders;
    20. Extraordinary writs;
    21. Any other “emergency” proceedings or hearings as authorized by the Chief Judge.
  1. The north entrance will be open for public access, limited to those matters specified above.

All other court proceedings are hereby cancelled and will be rescheduled. All other filings, recordings, and marriage services are hereby suspended until April 6, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

Brandon Patty
St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller


Courthouse Access Now Through North Entrance Only

March 18, 2020

As part of the Clerk’s office COVID-19 precautionary measures, public access to the St. Johns County Courthouse will now be limited to the building’s north entrance, across from the Sheriff’s office on Lewis Speedway.

Those with courthouse business are strongly encouraged to call (904) 819-3600 prior to coming to the courthouse to confirm that the needed services are currently available in person. The public may also visit https://stjohnsclerk.com to pay fines, file court documents and more.

Brandon Patty
St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller


Limitation of Services

March 16, 2020

Effective immediately, The St Johns County Clerk’s Office is limiting certain non-essential services to reduce courthouse traffic amid concerns about the Coronavirus outbreak.

Passport services: All passport related services are suspended until further notice.

Marriage ceremonies: We will continue issuing marriage licenses; however, all ceremonies will be limited to just the couple getting married. In an effort to reduce exposure, no parties other than the couple getting married will be allowed to participate.

To pay fines, file court documents and perform other services online, visit https://stjohnsclerk.com. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Brandon Patty
St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller