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Small Claims

Cases with a claim amount up to $8000 are filed in Small Claims court.

Packages including the filing information and forms are available in the Civil Department or online at the link below. The packages include:

  1. An informational sheet entitled “Information Needed to File Your Claim”;

  2. An original statement of claim and Notice of Limitation of Services are filed with the clerk along with a copy for each defendant.

  3. A list of filing fees; Fee Schedule

  4. An informational sheet entitled “How to Collect Your Judgment.

In addition to the Clerk’s fee, there is a $40.00 fee payable to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Department (CHECK THE FEES FOR ALL OTHER COUNTIES) for each defendant being served, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. This payment is separate from the Clerk’s fee.

The Sheriff will not accept personal checks, therefore, their fee needs to be paid by a Cashier’s Check, Money Order or business check. (We will not be responsible for cash).

If you use the services of a private process server, you will not have to pay the Sheriff’s Office for service.

If you are serving a party that resides outside of Indian River County, you will need to contact the Sheriff’s Office or a private process server for that County to find out what is required for their service.

*We suggest that you first download the PDF form to your computer, and then open it with Adobe Acrobat.  You can either type information directly into each field, or copy and paste text.

Helpful Links
Self-Represented Litigant Account Request – YouTube
Self-Represented Litigant DIY Documents in the Portal – YouTube
Self-Represented Litigant Filing a New Case – YouTube
Self-Represented Litigant Filing to Existing Case – YouTube

Ryan Butler
Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller
Indian River County
2000 16th Avenue
Vero Beach, Florida 32960
Phone: (772) 226-3100
Civil Department
2000 16th Avenue, Room 158
Vero Beach, Florida 32960
Phone: (772) 226-3100


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