The County Civil Division handles civil actions in which the damages being sought or the matter in controversy total $5,000.00 to $15,000. When filing a case in County Court, you must prepare all of the necessary paperwork yourself or have an attorney do it for you. The clerk’s office cannot refer an attorney to you. There are no forms to hand out, nor does the Clerk prepare any paperwork in County Court.
Matters in controversy under $5,000.00 are handled in Summary Claims court.
Once the case is filed, it must be served by either the Sheriff’s Office or by private process server. A list of process servers is available in the County Civil Department, however, the Clerk may not refer a process server to you. The Clerk’s Office has a 20-day Summons form available that can be prepared for a cost of $10.00 per defendant. The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office charges $40.00 per defendant to serve your documents.