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Court Services

Personnel from the Governmental Services Bureau's Court Services Section can provide information on how to submit a process and the status of a process that has already been submitted, but cannot provide legal advice. If legal advice is needed, contact an attorney. If you need to file a process, file it with the Clerk of Courts.

Once the process has been served or no-serviced (could not find the person to be served), a return of service will be mailed to you at the address provided on the process.

All fees collected are nonrefundable. Fees are paid when each original request or service of process is made.

Civil Case Status Search

To use our automated system for Writ Search or to hear the status of a civil case, call 305-463-2323.

  • Definitions

    Enforceable Process
    Process containing wording allowing or commanding action by the Sheriff, or in some cases any law enforcement officer.

    Types of Enforceable Writs

    Commands the Sheriff to take property into his control to safeguard it pending further order of the court.

    Bodily Attachment
    Commands the Sheriff to bring a person before a particular Judge. It may or may not include wording necessary to incarcerate the person if the Judge is not available.

    Distress Writ
    Prevents the removal of property from the site and subsequently orders it into the custody of the Sheriff to prevent possible damage or removal in order to protect the plaintiff's interests. Further order of the court may include levy and Sheriff's Sale of the property.

    Commands the Sheriff to levy on property to satisfy a judgment.

    NE Exeat
    Prohibits an individual from departing the geographical jurisdiction of the court.

    Directed Court Order
    Commands the Sheriff to do a specific act.

    Commands the Sheriff to take custody of an item and immediately transfer it to the plaintiff.

    Tax Warrant
    Sheriff's levy for collection of certain taxes.

  • Payment Acceptance Policy

    The Miami-Dade Police Department has the right to refuse to accept a particular form of payment in any case, or from any individual or company. Payment can be made the following ways:

    • Cash (United States currency only)
    • Money orders
    • Checks

    Money Orders

    Money orders must have your name, address and telephone number. If it's a company or government agency making the payment, the name of a contact person must appear on the face of the money order.


    Checks will not be accepted from any individual in bad payment standing with the Miami-Dade Police Department.

    Only the following types of checks are accepted:

    • Those issued by a government agency, which is part of a governmental body located within the United States of America.
    • Cashier's Checks.
    • Company checks from law firms.
    • Company and personal checks whose account holder is physically located in Miami-Dade County.

    All checks must:

    • Include the imprinted name and street address of the person paying (a P.O. Box is not a street address). If it's a company or government agency, the name of a contact person must also be written on the check.
    • Include a contact number for the payer or their representative.
    • Have the full style of the case written on the front of the check.
  • Evictions

    Read about evictions to learn everything a landlord needs to do in order to legally evict a tenant.

  • Fees and Procedures

    Learn all about the fees and procedures associated with court services.

  • Collecting a Judgment

    Learn about collecting a judgment.

  • Sheriff's Sale Conditions

    Conditions of a sale may not be modified once the sale has commenced. The sale is considered to have commenced once the pre-sale announcement is begun. At that point, the plaintiff may not cancel a sale or change the conditions of a sale. Read more about sheriff's sale conditions.

  • Regulation & Compliance

    Sheriffs' fees for service of summons, subpoenas, and executions

    The sheriffs of all counties of the state in civil cases shall charge fixed, nonrefundable fees for service of process. Citation - Florida Statute - Chapter 30.231

    Writ of Attachment

    Civil practice and procedure for writ of attachment Citation - Florida Statute - Chapter 76

    Landlord and Tenant

    Landlord and tenant statutes for residential and nonresidential tenancies Citation - Florida Statute - Chapter 83

    Judgments in Civil Process

    Judgments in civil practice and procedure Citation - Florida Statute - Chapter 55

    Final Civil Process

    Final process in civil practice and procedure Citation - Florida Statute - Chapter 56

    Service of process generally; service of witness subpoenas

    Process and service of process Citation - Florida Statute - Chapter 48.031

    Writ of Garnishment

    Civil practice and procedure for writ of garnishment Citation - Florida Statute - Chapter 77

    Writ of Replevin

    Civil practice and procedure for writ of replevin Citation - Florida Statute - Chapter 78

    Tax on Sales, Use, and Other Transactions

    Laws regarding sales tax in Florida Citation - Florida Statute - Chapter 212

Phone Number(s)

Email / Mail

Locations and Hours

  • Overtown Transit Village South

    601 NW 1st Ct, Miami, FL 33136
    9th Floor
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    *Note: Process Papers will not be accepted after 4:45 pm
Juan J. Perez, Director

Fred Taylor Miami-Dade Police Headquarters
9105 NW 25th Street, Doral, FL 33172

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