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About the Clerk's Office

The office of Clerk of Courts was established by the Florida Constitution as an elected state constitutional officer in 1838. The Clerk of Courts performs a wide range of duties, including record keeping, information management, and financial management for both the court system and their county.

Jody Phillips is the Clerk of the Circuit and County Courts in and for Duval County, Florida.

Get to know Jody Phillips

Ronnie Fussell, Clerk of Courts

A life-long resident of Jacksonville, Jody Phillips has served as the Clerk of the Circuit Court since January 2021. Jody has over 35 years of experience in both the public and private sectors and has served in the Duval County Courthouse since 2011, where he has built long-lasting relationships with members of the public, the court system, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and all related agencies. Prior to his election as Clerk, he most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Clerk’s Office, a position he had held since 2017.

Since taking office, Jody has completed an extensive certification program for newly elected Clerks known as New Clerk Academy, totaling 240 hours of training and education which cover the more than 1,000 statutory duties of the Clerk. As a result of his successful completion of this program, he is honored to be designated as a Certified Florida Clerk (CFC).

During his time as Clerk, Jody is proud to have implemented many new initiatives to assist members of the public, including a free Property Fraud Alert, the comprehensive driver’s license reinstatement program Let’s Drive Jax!, and offering expanded passport application hours.

Jody’s most cherished role is being a devoted husband to his wife Susan, and a proud father and grandfather to his two children and four grandchildren.

Duties of the Clerk's Office

Among the duties of the Clerk's Office:

  • Attending and supporting Court hearings and trials
  • Filing of indictments, information, and verdicts
  • Processing all civil and criminal cases
  • Preparation of appellate records
  • Jury service management
  • Collection and disbursement of fines, court costs, forfeitures, fees, and various service charges
  • Conducting mortgage foreclosure sales
  • Maintaining custody of all evidence and exhibits entered by the courts
  • Issuing process service documents
  • Maintaining the court registry
  • Recording and indexing of deeds, mortgages, and descriptions of all county property
  • Processing of tax deed applications
  • Conducting tax deed sales
  • Recording of public defender liens and judgments entered by the courts
  • Recording of tax liens, claims against an estate, instruments of conveyance, agreements, contracts, maps, plats of subdivisions, and surveys
  • Maintenance of a public records library
  • Collection and disbursement of documentary stamp monies
  • Issuance and recording of marriage license applications
  • Compilation of statistical data for state agencies and the judiciary
  • Maintenance of record storage systems and facilities
  • Processing of passport applications

There are many other duties, some statutory, others are based on local court procedures and rules.

 

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