Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1384
By Senator Brandes
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to the jurisdiction of the county
3 court; amending s. 34.01, F.S.; increasing the limit
4 of the amount in controversy in certain actions at law
5 under which the county court has original jurisdiction
6 of such actions; providing for adjustments to the
7 limit at specified intervals due to inflation or
8 deflation; providing an effective date.
10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
12 Section 1. Section 34.01, Florida Statutes, is amended to
14 34.01 Jurisdiction of county court.—
15 (1) County courts shall have original jurisdiction:
16 (a) In all misdemeanor cases not cognizable by the circuit
18 (b) Of all violations of municipal and county ordinances. ;
19 (c) Of all actions at law in which the matter in
20 controversy does not exceed the sum of $100,000 $15,000,
21 exclusive of interest, costs, and attorney attorney’s fees,
22 except those within the exclusive jurisdiction of the circuit
23 courts. ; and This limit must be adjusted every 10 years after
24 July 1, 2018, to reflect the rate of inflation or deflation as
25 indicated in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers,
26 U.S. City Average, All Items, or successor reports as reported
27 by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor
28 Statistics or its successor.
29 (d) Of disputes occurring in the homeowners’ associations
30 as described in s. 720.311(2)(a), which shall be concurrent with
31 jurisdiction of the circuit courts.
32 (2) The county courts shall have jurisdiction previously
33 exercised by county judges’ courts other than that vested in the
34 circuit court by s. 26.012, except that county court judges may
35 hear matters involving dissolution of marriage under the
36 simplified dissolution procedure pursuant to the Florida Family
37 Law Rules of Procedure or may issue a final order for
38 dissolution in cases where the matter is uncontested, and the
39 jurisdiction previously exercised by county courts, the claims
40 court, small claims courts, small claims magistrates courts,
41 magistrates courts, justice of the peace courts, municipal
42 courts, and courts of chartered counties, including but not
43 limited to the counties referred to in ss. 9, 10, 11, and 24,
44 Art. VIII of the State Constitution of 1885, as preserved by s.
45 (6)(e), Art. VIII of the State Constitution of 1968.
46 (3) Judges of county courts shall also be committing trial
47 court judges. Judges of county courts shall be coroners unless
48 otherwise provided by law or by rule of the Supreme Court.
49 (4) Judges of county courts may hear all matters in equity
50 involved in any case within the jurisdictional amount of the
51 county court, except as otherwise restricted by the State
52 Constitution or the laws of Florida.
53 (5) A county court is a trial court.
54 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.