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Jury services canceled; Clerk’s Office outlines other steps taken in wake of COVID-19

By Staff | Mar 17, 2020

The Clerk of Courts Office announced Tuesday a number of new steps taken in the wake of the new coronavirus.

“Difficult decisions are being made with much thought and consideration to protect the public and our employees and still provide essential services,” office officials said in a release issued early Tuesday afternoon. “Please remember to use our online services or call to determine if there are other options rather than coming into our offices.”

The following changes to office operations are effective until further notice unless specified below:

* Jury Duty Jury service has been canceled through March 27. Check the Clerk’s Jury Duty page for updates on jury service. As a reminder, seniors age 70 or older have options to be excused from jury duty. Check your jury summons for details.

* Self-Help Center – Legal Aid appointments have been suspended until further notice.

* Passport Services Effective, Wednesday March 18, Passport services have been suspended until further notice. Call 877-487-2778 for other passport service locations.

* Bonita Springs Clerk’s Office Effective, Friday March 20, Clerks services suspended until further notice.

* Be Your Own Detective seminar scheduled for March 25 is cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

* Wedding Ceremonies – Effective Wed. March 18, the wedding room will be closed for ceremonies until further notice. Couples may still be married at the Clerk’s desk, but there will be no ceremonies held in the wedding room.

All other services are still provided in our offices. In compliance with social distancing requested by the CDC, the Clerk’s Office asks both the employees and the public to not enter the building if they are sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick unless they are required to do so. As mentioned above, the office asks the public to use online services or call to find out if there are alternatives to appearing in person.

“We encourage everyone to check www.LeeClerk.org for continued updates and to find our online services, such as electronically submitting Official Records for recording, e-filing Court documents, paying fees, fines, and tourist tax and for instructions to mail payments,” officials said. “We appreciate your patience and hope you will stay safe during these uncertain times.”

Source: Clerk of the Courts