At the top of the form it says IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA. Under that is the case number and a space for DIVISION. Am I, as the plaintiff supposed to fill that in? I see no place to put a check or write anything pertaining to this instruction. Please help!
Employment / Labor Attorney
You do not need to fill in a division. That is for the Clerk. However, it is small claims court in Palm Beach County of the 15th Judicial Circuit but that is already on the form s you noted.
Lemon Law Attorney
Smal Claims court is a "county" court and pertains to claims under $5,000, check the box stating county court. The Clerk of court will assign a case number and potentially a division once you file the caseand make payment.
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Actually, you need not file a "civil cover sheet" at all. The civil cover sheet is used for cases that are governed under the Civil Rules of Procedure. Your claim is for $5,000.00 or less, or you wouldn't be filing in Small Claims Court, and Small Claims cases are governed by the Small Claims Rules of Procedure, which does not require a civil cover sheet.
The term "division", by the way, refers to the division to which the case is assigned. The presiding judge of that division may rotate to another division--the case is assigned to a division, not to a particular judge.
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