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Sandra Brown, Clerk of the Court for Glades County Florida, is a duly elected Constitutional Officer as mandated by Article V, Section 16 of the Constitution of the State of Florida. The electorate of Glades County elects the Clerk to a four-year term. Sandra Brown was elected to the Office of the Clerk in 2012.
Pursuant to provisions of the Florida Constitution, which have governed the people for over 150 years, the role of the Clerk of Courts has been established in three main areas;
Within these areas, the Clerk of Court, as an elected public trustee, sets in place at the county level a system of "checks and balances" which has been proven to serve the public well.
On or after October 1, 2002, any person preparing or filing a document for recordation in the Official Records may not include a social security number in such document, unless required by law.
Any person has a right to request a county recorder to remove, from an image or copy of an official record placed on a county recorder's publicly available Internet website or on a publicly available Internet website used by a county recorder to display public records or otherwise made electronically available to the general public, any social security number contained in an official record. Such request must be made in writing and delivered by mail, facsimile, or electronic transmission, or delivered in person, to the county recorder. The request must specify the identification page number that contains the social security number to be redacted. A fee may not be charged for the redaction of a social security number pursuant to such a request.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT: COMPANIES SOLICITING RESIDENTS TO BUY PUBLIC RECORDS
Clerk Sandra Brown is advising Glades County residents to be wary of official-looking notices they receive in the mail, telling them they need to purchase a copy of the deed for their property.
These notices, sent by “Local Records Office,” tell recipients that they can receive a copy of their property deed and a “complete property profile” by sending various amounts ranging from $95.00 to $119.85 to an address in Tallahassee, Florida or Great Neck, New York. The notices also include a coupon that people can detach and mail back with their checks.
Deeds and other official records are easily obtained online or at the Courthouse from the Clerk’s office. Hard copies cost $1.00 a page, and certified documents cost an additional $2.00. Uncertified copies may be downloaded and printed for free by using the Official Records search on the Clerk’s website, www.gladesclerk.com.
These type solicitations may be legal, but they are misleading. Clerk Brown said, “We have received numerous calls this past week from residents who have received these notices and want to know what they should do. We want to remind everyone that this information is available online and at the Glades County Courthouse. There is no need to pay that amount of money to get public records.”
As the County Recorder and custodian of legal records, the Clerk maintains and ensures the integrity of the Official Records of Glades County dating back to 1921. For more information on receiving copies of public records, contact the Glades County Recording Department at 863-946-6010.
“Any person preparing or filing a court document should not include a social security number or a complete bank account, debit, charge, or credit card number in such document, unless required by law or court rule, or necessary to the adjudication of the case.
Any person has a right to request that the Clerk of the Circuit Court remove from an image or copy of a court document a social security number or complete bank account, debit, charge, or credit card number contained in a court document. Such request must be made in writing and delivered by mail, facsimile, electronic transmission, or in person to the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The request must specify the case number, the title of the document, and the identification page number of the document which contains the number to be redacted. A fee will not be charged for the redaction of a social security number or a complete bank account, debit, charge, or credit card number pursuant to such a request.”
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.”
While the law only requires the notice to be posted on the public website, some offices have posted it as a standard footnote on e-mails as well.
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