Disposition of Exhibits in Civil Cases

Introduction:
The Clerk of the Court shall retain all exhibits which have been introduced or filed in a civil case until final determination of the case. Final determination of a civil case is reached when one of the following occurs:

  1. Thirty (30) days after the last day for filing a Notice of Appeal, where no appeal is filed;
  2. If a Notice of Appeal is filed, thirty (30) days after the Clerk of the Court receives the Fifth District Court of Appeal's Remittitur affirming the trial court judgment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Civil Case Exhibits:

  1. What happens to exhibits and/or depositions at the conclusion of the case?
    Sixty (60) days after final determination of the case, the Clerk of the Court will notice all parties that they have thirty (30) days within which to retrieve their exhibits. After that sixty-day period, the court will issue an order on its own motion to dispose of all exhibits remaining in its custody.
  2. Can I ask the court to preserve my case exhibits?
    If you provide the court with a written request to retain your exhibits, the court will issue an order to the Clerk of the Court to retain your exhibits for a maximum of one year.

Note:
In this context, Civil cases also include Probate, Juvenile, and Family Law matters. The following is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, please refer to Code of Civil Procedure Section 1952 et. seq. for the law.