How Do You File a Civil Suit in Florida?

In Florida, citizens can file a civil suit by submitting a petition or complaint with the county court, states the Florida Bar. The petition usually includes the allegations and the facts that give the complainant the legal right to sue.

In addition, the petition includes the complainants request for relief, notes the Florida Bar. Relief may be monetary compensation or an action that the complainant wants the other party to take.

Complainants may pick up the petition forms from their local county clerk’s office. Courts also charge a filing fee that varies based on the county and type of case. Check with the county court for any additional documentation needed. For example, according to the Escambia County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller in Florida, complainants in this county must bring three copies of any documentation or evidence such as contracts, receipts or promissory notes.