Harvey Ruvin - Clerk of the Courts - Miami-Dade County, Florida

eSummons Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ's

 

1.   Can I electronically file (eFile) a Summons to be issued by the Clerk?

2.   What are the fees associated with eFiling your Summons via the ePortal and how do I pay the fee to have a Summons issued?

3.   How long before the Summons is available?

4.  Once the summons is issued, how do I have it served?

5.  How do I check to see if a Summons has been issued?

6.  Where can I retrieve the standard 5 Day and 20 day Summons?

7.  Can a Landlord and Tenant (L & T) Summons be filed through the ePortal?

8.  Can Pretrial Summonses be filed through the ePortal?

9.  Can I submit the summons to be issued electronically with other pleadings?

 


 

1.     Can I electronically file (eFile) a Summons to be issued by the Clerk?

Yes, effective March 7, 2016, you will be able to eFile a 20 Day Summons via the ePortal in a Family Case and will subsequently be able to eFile a 20 Day Summons in a Civil Case on March 14, 2016.  Please visit the ePortal for detailed instructions on eFiling.

2.     What are the fees associated with eFiling your Summons via the ePortal and how do I pay the fee to have a Summons issued?

The fee to eFile a Summons via the ePortal is $10.00 per Summons to be issued.  At the ePortal, upon completing the uploading of the Summons, the ePortal will prompt the appropriate fees required with your eFiling and will require the entry of a Credit Card Number or eCheck (Checking Account Number) to successfully process your filing.

3.     How long before the Summons is available?

The Summons, after it has been reviewed and accepted by our Office, will appear within 24 hours as an eFiling Summons Received (ESRD) on the Docket.  Thereafter, upon issuance by the Clerk of Courts, the executed Summons Issued (SMIS) will then appear on the Docket for retrieval.  You may access your case via our Online Case Search.

4.  Once the summons is issued, how do I have it served?

To serve your Summons, access your case via our Online Case Search and print the Summons.  You must then prepare the Summons Packet for the Sheriff’s Office and deliver the same to the Sheriff for proper service.  You may also use a Process Server to accomplish service.

5.  How do I check to see if a Summons has been issued?

To verify that the Summons has been issued in your case, please visit our Online Case Search and review the Docket for Summons Issued (SMIS).  The corresponding document/image will be affixed next to the Summons Issued and you may print out the same for service. Please note that images for certain case types are only available to registered users.

6.  Where can I retrieve the standard 5 Day and 20 day Summons?

You may retrieve the 5 and 20 Day Summons from the links provided below.  Please note however, that this eSummons implementation is currently geared toward the issuance of the 20 Day Summonses with the issuance of the 5 Day Summons slated for future implementation.  

Civil Summons (20 Day For Personal Service on a Natural Person - eFile 4 pages)

Civil Summons (20 Day for Corporate Service on General Forms - eFile 1 page)

Family Summons (20 Day Summons for Personal Service on a Natural Person - eFile the last 3 pages)

7.  Can a Landlord and Tenant (L & T) Summons be filed through the ePortal?

No, the initial implementation will be limited to select Summons Types.  Please be sure to visit our website for updates.

8.  Can Pretrial Summonses be filed through the ePortal?

No, the initial implementation will be limited to select Summons Types.  Please be sure to visit our website for updates.

9.  Can I submit the summons to be issued electronically with other pleadings?

You should not submit the summons with other pleadings as this will delay the processing of the same.  In order to prevent delays and to ensure the most efficient processing and issuance of your eSummons, please file the summons separately.