Clerk Financial Information
Clerk of Court and Comptroller Budget
The Florida Constitution charges the Clerk of Court and Comptroller with multiple responsibilities. These responsibilities include being the Clerk to the Circuit and County Courts, Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners, County Auditor, Recorder of Official Records, and County Finance Officer. Over time, the funding sources and budgetary approval process for these different responsibilities have evolved and in many cases become specific to the functional responsibility. Therefore, portions of the Clerk’s budget have different revenue sources, different expenditure rules and different approval authorities. The budget is shown as the Office wide Clerk Budget with a portion pulled out to show the Court Budget separately.
Funding the Office of Clerk of Courts
Financial Services: The Clerk has responsibility for the financial operations both for the county government and court activities. For county government, this responsibility includes the Board of County Commissioners (BCC or County) and the Supervisor of Elections but does not include the other Constitutional Officers in county government, including the Sheriff, Tax Collector, and Property Appraiser. In order to maximize overall efficiency, the Clerk uses the same employees to provide services for the BCC, Supervisor of Elections and the Clerk’s Office. The County and the Clerk entered into an Interlocal Agreement, whereby the County agreed to a specified service and funding level and in each subsequent year, the County would increase the funding for operating costs, salaries and benefits by the same amount appropriated for Board employees. The Interlocal Agreement can be cancelled by either the County or the Clerk by giving prior notification. Those costs for financial operations not paid by the County are allocated to other non-county Clerk responsibilities including Official Records and the court functions. The Internal Auditing function is included in the Finance budget, although Internal Audit is not operationally assigned to Finance. The Clerk has approval authority for this budget.
Pursuant to State Statutes, the Clerk collects recording fees that are used to fund this operation. Official Records for purposes of management control, is part of centralized administrative functions which also includes human resources, purchasing, mail, archives, central filing and general administration. Official Records revenues fund both direct and indirect costs from revenues collected with all unspent recording revenues returned to the County at the end of each fiscal year. The Clerk has approval authority for this budget.
Court Services: Following a 2004 Constitutional Amendment approved by Florida voters, the Florida Legislature assumed responsibility for funding the budget for the clerk’s court-related services. This funding was accomplished completely through fees and service charges for court users. Prior to this time, court services provided by the clerk were a county-funded responsibility and were only partially funded by fees and service charges. After 2004 the County retained the responsibility for funding some court-related costs including facilities, communications, shared technology and other capital expenditures. The Legislature also created the Clerks of Court Operations Corporation (CCOC) to assist clerks in the development of their budget and to approve those budgets within statutory guidelines (Visit the CCOC website at www.flccoc.org. Court related services are funded from a portion of the court fines and fees the clerk collects. During the 2009 Legislative session, the clerk’s budgets were capped statewide and, beginning in 2010, clerk court-related budgets are a part of the state appropriation process with the Clerk reporting their budget on a State Fiscal Year Ending June 30th. In 2013, the legislature changed the Clerks back to a County Fiscal Year Ending September 30 but kept our budget in the state appropriation process. We are still considered a Fee Officer due to the collection and use of the fees and service charges for our court expenditures.
Child Support: Clerks are responsible for assisting in collecting court-ordered child support payments. The Clerk has entered into a contract whereby the Federal government reimburses the Clerk for the cost incurred in providing this service. These services are provided by employees in the Courts Department and their time is captured and not included in our court related budget.
Technology: The Clerk is responsible for her own technology, except for shared systems funded by the County per Florida Statutes. Florida law provides a fee per page for documents recorded in Official Records to fund both the software and hardware technology costs, which is placed in a trust fund. The Clerk has approval authority for this budget subject to the available dollars in the trust fund.
Court Budget Reports
FY13-14 Court Budget
FY12-13 Court Budget
FY11-12 Court Budget
FY10-11 Court Budget
FY09-10 Court Budget
FY08-09 Court Budget
FY07-08 Court Budget
FY06-07 Court Budget
FY05-06 Court Budget
FY04-05 Court Budget
Office Wide Budget Reports
Clerk Financial Statements
LEON COUNTY CCC FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
The Finance Department maintains financial records and prepares reports for all moneys received and disbursed for the Clerk of the Court and Comptroller. As custodian of clerk funds, the Finance Department ensures that the Clerk's financial assets are safeguarded and that all transactions are recorded properly to permit the preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
The 2005 through current year Leon County Clerk of Court and Comptroller Special Purpose Financial Statements are available for download and online review in Adobe PDF format. To view them, you must have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer. If you do not have Acrobat installed, click here to download and install it. The statements can be viewed online by clicking on the Clerk Special Purpose Financial Statements on the left.
As a separate Constitutional Office and required to have expenditures, revenues and operations audited, the Clerk is subject to multiple audits and those are listed and discussed below:
Annual Audit: The County Commission contracts with an independent accounting firm to perform an audit of the functions and financial activities of the Board and each of the five Constitutional Offices. Each of these entities is independently audited and subject to materiality based upon their own expenditure levels. The audits of the five Constitutional Officers along with the Board are then combined into a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This is submitted to the Board and widely distributed to provide citizens, investors and other interested parties an overview of the financial health and fiscal activities of the entire county government. Copies can be viewed in our office or online by going to CAFR Reports.
Department of Financial Services: Beginning in 2004, the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) was charged by statue with the responsibility for auditing each Clerk’s court-related expenditures to insure that the budgets are in compliance with state statutes and used solely for court-related activities. DFS periodically audits every Clerk and provides written reports.
Internal Audits: The Clerk has an internal audit staff that audits Clerk and Board operations. Internal audits are provided to management for corrective action as needed and are followed up upon by the internal audit staff. The Board of County Commissioners and the Clerk appoint an Audit Committee made up of five citizens with background and experience in auditing. Their role is to assist in establishing the audit work program and review the scope and quality of work performed by the internal audit staff. The committee meets quarterly or more frequently if needed.
Auditor General: In Florida, the Auditor General (AG) is a constitutional officer appointed by the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee. His appointment is confirmed by both houses of the Legislature. The AG conducts financial audits of the accounts and records of State agencies; and, as directed by the Legislative Auditing Committee, of local governments including Clerks of Court and the Clerk of Court Operations Corporation (CCOC). The AG adopts rules for financial audits performed by independent certified public accountants of local governmental entities, including Clerks, and reviews all audit reports of local governmental entities, pursuant to Section 218.39, Florida Statutes. All AG audits can be seen on their website at www.flauditor.gov.
Child Support Audits: Child support services in Florida and other states are provided through Federal grants and controlled by the provisions of OMB Circular A-87. The Florida Department of Revenue administers the grant program, and contracts with independent certified public accountants to provide an annual audit of the expenditure of grant funds and the operations of the Clerks in regard to child support enforcement. In addition, periodic inspection and oversight is provided by the Office of Child Support Enforcement of the .
Clerk Financial Reports
Clerk Special Purpose Financial Statements 2016
Clerk Special Purpose Financial Statements 2015
Clerk Special Purpose Financial Statements 2014
Clerk Special Purpose Financial Statements 2013
Clerk Special Purpose Financial Statements 2012
Clerk Special Purpose Financial Statements 2011
Clerk Special Purpose Financial Statements 2010
Clerk Special Purpose Financial Statements 2009
Clerk Special Purpose Financial Statements 2008
Clerk Special Purpose Financial Statements 2007
Clerk Special Purpose Financial Statements 2006
Clerk Special Purpose Financial Statements 2005
The Clerk of Court Operations Corporation (CCOC) was created in 2004 by the Florida Legislature. Included in the bill creating the CCOC was a requirement to create and monitor performance measures. Over the thirteen years since the creation of the CCOC a number of performance measures have been implemented to measure those court related activities for which Clerks are responsible. For each of these measures a standard was established. Clerks are required to both self-report and, to the extent that performance falls below the standard set by the CCOC, the Clerk must provide the actions that will be taken to bring the performance to or above standards.
Timeliness of Case Creation: The percentage of cases created within X business days from the time the case was clocked in.
Timeliness of Docket Entry: The percentage of docket entries created within X business days from the time clocked in/action taken date.
Collection Rate of Fines, Fees and Costs: Actual percentage of Fines, Fees, and Costs collected during 5 business quarters from the time assessed.
Performance measures for non court-related functions have not been established. While not required by law, Clerks statewide have discussed developing performance measures for their non court-related functions. As those performance measures are developed and standards established, we will be reporting on them as well.
FY13-14 Performance Measures
FY12-13 Performance Measures
FY11-12 Performance Measures
FY10-11 Performance Measures
FY09-10 Performance Measures
FY08-09 Performance Measures
FY07-08 Performance Measures
FY06-07 Performance Measures
FY05-06 Performance Measures