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Miami-Dade County Clerk of the CourtsHarvey Ruvin

Clerk of the Courts

The Miami-Dade Clerk of the Courts manages the largest and highest volume of court filings and official records in the State of Florida and the fourth largest judicial circuit in America. Led by the Honorable Clerk Harvey Ruvin since 1992, the Clerk of the Courts organization continues to strive to improve services, accessibility, and leverage technology where appropriate to serve the citizens of Miami-Dade County.

With more than fifty years of community involvement, Clerk Ruvin has performed a leadership role within scores of civic, cultural, environmental and charitable organizations. The Clerk has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards citing his successful efforts to employ emerging technologies to reengineer and automate government processes, eliminate paper, and achieve fiscal savings and efficiencies.

The Goal: Serving More and More of the Public “On-line Rather Than In-line.”

Mission Statement

As the custodian of essential Public Records (Courts, Home & Property, Board of County Commission, Marriage License, Value Adjustment Board), we strive to maintain a trusted, neutral, ministerial posture and professional perspective.

We are agents of change and advocates of innovation. We apply appropriate strategic, technological, process and people solutions.

Our Focus Includes:
  • Optimizing our ability to provide quality service to the public
  • Meeting the expectations of everyone who utilizes the services of the Miami-Dade County Clerk's Office
  • Increasing access and availability to public information
  • Building a technical architecture for the future
  • Enriching work, challenging and empowering the workforce to more freely initiate improvements
  • Maintaining a balance between realizing benefits and all other guiding principles

We work in an open, learning environment that constantly strives to improve and encourages a free flow of ideas among all employees.

Clerk Responsibilities

The Miami-Dade County Clerk is a duly elected constitutional officer as mandated by Article V, Section 16 of the Constitution of the State of Florida. The Clerk is elected to a four-year term by the electorate of Miami-Dade County.

The responsibilities of the Clerk are established by the State Constitution, the Florida State Statutes, Miami-Dade County Ordinances and Regulations and Judicial Orders. In this capacity the Clerk serves as:
  • Ex-Officio Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners
  • County Recorder
  • County Auditor
  • Custodian of all County Funds – Per Section 5.03 Miami-Dade Charter, the Clerk and County Mayor jointly appoint the County Finance Director.
  • Custodian of all records filed with the Courts, official records, marriage licenses, and the Board of County Commission

The Clerk of the Courts serves the 2.7 million citizens of Miami-Dade County and supports the operations of the 11th judicial circuit and County courts in addition to providing professional services to the public, the judiciary, the legal community and the Miami-Dade County Commission. In 2018, the Clerk’s office managed over 2.8 million electronic filings, and processed over $1 billion annually.

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