Clerk Duties & Responsibilities
The Clerk of the Circuit Court is responsible for nearly 1,000 duties designated by the Florida Constitution and Statutes.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
The Clerk’s primary function is to safeguard the integrity of all court records. The Clerk processes and makes available to the public all case documents, such as civil lawsuits, traffic tickets, and criminal cases. The Clerk is also responsible for managing jurors, maintaining case evidence, processing bail and submitting appeals to state appellate courts.
The Clerk records, processes and maintains all Official Records of Lee County dating back to 1887 when the county was founded. Mortgages, deeds, wills, marriage licenses, and liens are some of the many public records made available online. Citizens can also apply for their U.S. passport at the Clerk’s office.
County Chief Financial Officer
As Comptroller, the Clerk is responsible for managing the budget and accounting of the Board of County Commissioners. To ensure proper government oversight, all county expenses are audited prior to being disbursed. The Clerk also invests and earns revenue on tax dollars.
Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners
The Clerk prepares and maintains the records and meeting minutes of the Board of County Commissioners. The Value Adjustment Board, which property owners use to contest their assessed property value, is also administered by the Clerk.
As Inspector General, conducts internal audits and fraud, waste and abuse investigations of the operations and financial records of Lee County government agencies, departments, employees and others under the authority of the Board of County Commissioners, Port Authority, and Clerk. Conducts enhanced guardianship audits and investigations. Performs administration, collection, audits, compliance and enforcement in support of the Lee County Tourist Development Tax.