Customers of Sarasota County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller urged to use online, phone or mail service options through March 27

People ordered to report to the office will be assisted, but wait time may be longer, staff warns

Sarasota County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller Karen Rushing. Image from the Clerk’s Office website

On March 13, the 12th Judicial Circuit Court issued Guidelines and Protocols during the COVID-19 Pandemic, “which is intended to dramatically reduce the number of people reporting to courthouse facilities,” the Sarasota County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller’s Office has announced.

As a result, through March 27, the Clerk and Comptroller’s Office is requesting that customers “conduct their business online, via various e-Services solutions, by phone, or by mail service when one or more of these options are available,” a news release says.

For customers who have been directed to report to the Clerk and Comptroller’s Office “because they require face-to-face contact to fulfill their service need, we are prepared to serve you in a controlled environment,” the release continues. That protocol allows the staff to assist people while adhering to the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health, the release points out: “to use universal precautions and social distancing practices.” The release cautions, “This may result in an increased wait time.”

For more information regarding the Clerk and Comptroller’s Office service options online, by phone, and via mail, persons are invited to visit the website at www.SarasotaClerk.com and click on the banner as it appears below:

image courtesy Sarasota County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller

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