About Us

Community Outreach

Clerk Russell speaking, the Clerks CARE Ambassadors, and volunteers at an event

The Orange County Clerk of Courts works to provide our customers exceptional and friendly service. We are passionate about contributing to our community, advocating and bringing awareness to our local resources that benefit Orange County residents. We're proud to partner with Harbor House, Mental Health Association of Central Florida and the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) to name a few. The Clerk’s Office concentrates on three community outreach priorities that align with some of our core services. Those priorities are Access to Justice, Domestic Violence prevention, and Mental Health Awareness. We are proud to serve and bring awareness to important legal topics.  

Take a look at some of the unique ways the Clerk's Office is reaching out to the community and how you can be a part of it.

Access to Justice

Legal Matters Series

The Legal Matters Series was created as a resource to make legal information accessible to the public. The forums provide immediate information on a range of subjects with previous forums hosted on Child Support, Housing Law, Foreclosures and the Self-Help Center.

All Legal Matters forums are free and open to the public to attend, they are held in different locations throughout Orange County. Stay Tuned for our next forum.

The Self-Help Center

As part of Clerk Russell’s commitment to help people in need of legal assistance, she opened the Clerk’s Office first Self-Help Center in 2015 at the Orange County Courthouse and expanded it in 2018 to provide Self-Help services at the Apopka branch one day a week.

Customers may set up an appointment with an attorney up to 1 hour per day, per person. The cost for an attorney consultation is $1 per minute.

The Center assists with the following case types: Family Law, Small Claims and Residential Evictions. Please visit our website for more information, appointments and further assistance.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Orange County Clerk of Courts is an advocate and a local resource for those who have been affected directly, or indirectly by domestic violence.

In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Clerk of Courts hosts an annual event focused on local and immediate resources available to the Orange County Community. In the past, we have partnered up with Harbor House of Central Florida, the Mental Health Association of Central Florida and the Orlando Police Department.

All events are free and open to the public and are hosted in different locations around Orange County. Please visit our Family Service Tab and Click Injunction at myorangeclerk.com for our services.

Mental Health Awareness Month

During the month of May we focus on the importance of Mental Health Awareness in our community with our initiative #MyHealthMatters. All events are free and open to the public throughout Orange County.

The initiative is a collaborative partnership with multiple stakeholders to speak about the valuable resources locally available to assist our Orange County Residents. The events in the past have included health presentations, wellness screenings and giveaways with the Mental Health Association of Central Florida, Orlando Health, YMCA, and Cigna.

If you need assistance visit our Mental Health Tab on our website.

Service Project

Because our office loves to make a difference in the lives of others, each year a group of deputy clerks volunteer their time to work on a service project in the community. In the past, we have volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank to help sort food. We have also helped build a house with Habitat for Humanity for a family in need. Take a look at our annual report to learn more and see a video of our staff serving at Second Harvest Food Bank.

United Way

The Heart of Florida United Way of Central Florida is the region’s largest health and human services nonprofit, contributing to nearly 60 local health and human services programs throughout the community.

We are proud to report that the Clerk’s 2019 United Way campaign not only reached but exceeded our goal! Because of all our staff who donated their time, hard work and pledges, the Clerk’s Office raised a grand total of $30,021.

This is the highest amount the Clerk’s Office raised for the Heart of Florida United Way campaign in the last 5 years. The fundraising locally assists many important organizations including those aligned with our outreach priorities of Mental Health, Domestic Violence Awareness, and Access to Justice.