Message From Clerk Tiffany Moore Russell
The public's right to know is one of the most important obligations of elected officials, and why I am proud to say the Clerk’s Office is recognizing the annual observance of Sunshine Week.
March 12th -18th marks Florida's 12th annual Sunshine Week, which emphasizes the importance of public records and open government. I have the utmost respect for our state's public information laws, which are among the broadest in this country, and have dedicated myself to upholding them.
That’s why recently my office held a legal forum entitled Public Records: What’s Confidential & What’s Not, to share with the community important information about public records and how to order certified copies. The Clerk's Office, which is an integral part of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, works with the public and media outlets daily to respond swiftly and responsibly to public-information requests.
In our role maintaining court records, we manage millions of files containing information on criminal trials, civil suits, traffic violations, and matters affecting families, such as adoptions, custody disputes and domestic violence, to name just a few.
The vast majority of this information is public record, though some, according to state statutes, is not. It is vital that we have a well-trained staff who understands the difference and can respond appropriately. I'm very proud of our record in this regard.
Driven by our strong commitment to customer service, we provide a number of ways to access court-case information:
- On this website, you can easily look up court cases from the convenience of your home, office or anywhere you have Internet access with the my eClerk link.
- We have public viewing rooms in the courthouse with computers where the public can search records.
- Our deputy clerks at the courthouse, our branch locations and Call Center stand ready to personally assist customers seeking court information.
We also work with attorneys, agency partners, the media and others who seek reports that show trends or add perspective to an issue.
Please visit our Clerk in the Sunshine
page at myorangeclerk.com, where you will find budget and other financial updates, timeliness statistics, customer service ratings and complete audit results.
Again, during this Government in the Sunshine Week, I welcome the reminder that we work for the people, who have a right to our complete transparency.
Until next time,
Tiffany Moore Russell
Orange County Clerk of Courts