Florida’s Uniform Case Numbering System

[A]s an attorney that practices in multiple counties, one of the most frustrating problems I continue to routinely come across is that very few criminal justice agencies (especially State Attorney’s Offices) have implemented, or integrated, Florida’s Uniform Case Numbering System into their case management programs.

in 2003, the Florida Supreme Court mandated that Florida’s county clerks begin implementing a twenty digit uniform case numbering system. The obvious purpose of using a Uniform Case Number (UCN) was so that practitioners would be able to properly filed their pleadings without fear of them being rejected and so that the courts could make statistical reports that would result in uniform comparison.

But as an attorney that practices in multiple counties, one of the most frustrating problems I continue to routinely come across is that very few criminal justice agencies (especially State Attorney’s Offices) have implemented, or integrated, Florida’s Uniform Case Numbering System into their case management programs. As a result, I continue to come across secretaries and judicial assistants who are unfamiliar with Florida’s Uniform Case Numbering System and are unable to find my case or coordinate hearing time unless I give them their local case number; which is not always obvious to determine.

So I thought it might be helpful if I posted an overview of the numbering system used in the county and circuit courts to hopefully facilitate better understanding of and more universal adoption of this logical system.

The Uniform Case Number is a twenty character sequence that has five components, broken out, it looks as follows: XX-XXXX-XX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX.

For Example, the first felony case filed in Orange County for 2009 would look as follows: 48-2009-CF-000001-OAXXXX

Broken down, the five components are explained as follows:

The first two characters are the county designation code. Florida has 67 counties and the codes are assigned from 01 – 67 in alphabetical order. A listing of each county’s code is provided at the bottom of this post.

The next four characters are the year your case was actually opened in with the clerk of the court, not the year the issue in dispute occurred.

An example would be if you were physically placed under arrest on December 31, 2008, but you were not actually booked into jail until January 1, 2009. As a result the year designation for your case would be 2009. Because this is the year the Clerk actually would open your case, which is because you were not booked into jail and brought to their attention until 2009.

The following two characters are the court case type (or designation). In addition to the brief examples provided here, I have alco provided a complete listing of court case types at the bottom of the post.

Examples are CF = Felony, MM = Misdemeanor, CT = Criminal Traffic.

The following six characters are the case sequence; simply meaning the number assigned to a case as they are opened each year.

The first case of each year in each division is assigned 000001, the second case is 000002, and so on.

The final six numbers are not specifically assigned and are left to the individual counties to use for their own internal management purposes. Two common practices are to use the first of the two digits to assign co-defendant order (usually starting alphabetical by last name) or municipality designation.

For example, Co-Defendant 1 would be assigned A, Co-Defendant 2 would be assigned B, and so forth.

Or, a misdemeanor case initiated by Eatonville Police Department in Orange County, Florida might look as follows: 48-2009-MM-000001-EA. The E indicates an Eatonville PD case and the A indicates Co-Defendant A if there were two people arrested.

In any event, I hope this provides some clarification for the masses out there.

Court Case Type Designation

AP Appeal from County Court
CA Circuit Civil
CF Felony
CJ Delinquency (Juvenile Crime)
CO County Ordinance Violation
CP Probate
CT Criminal Traffic Citation (But also a Misdemeanor Offense)
DP Dependency
DR Domestic Relations
GA Guardianship
IN Non-Traffic Infraction
MH Mental Health
MM Misdemeanor
MO Municipal Ordinance Violation
SC Small Claims
TR Traffic Infraction

County Code Designations

County County Code
Alachua 01
Baker 02
Bay 03
Bradford 04
Brevard 05
Broward 06
Calhoun 07
Charlotte 08
Citrus 09
Clay 10
Collier 11
Columbia 12
Dade (Miami) 13
DeSoto 14
Dixie 15
Duval 16
Escambia 17
Flagler 18
Franklin 19
Gadsden 20
Gilchrist 21
Glades 22
Gulf 23
Hamilton 24
Hardee 25
Hendry 26
Hernando 27
Highlands 28
Hillsborough 29
Holmes 30
Indian River 31
Jackson 32
Jefferson 33
Lafayette 34
Lake 35
Lee 36
Leon 37
Levy 38
Liberty 39
Madison 40
Manatee 41
Marion 42
Martin 43
Monroe 44
Nassau 45
Okaloosa 46
Okeechobee 47
Orange 48
Osceola 49
Palm Beach 50
Pasco 51
Pinellas 52
Polk 53
Putnam 54
Santa Rosa 55
Sarasota 56
Saint Johns 57
Saint Lucie 58
Seminole 59
Sumter 60
Suwannee 61
Taylor 62
Union 63
Volusia 64
Wakulla 65
Walton 66
Washington 67

Author: Richard Hornsby

Orlando, Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer and DUI Attorney Richard Hornsby is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar and represents clients throughout Central Florida in all criminal defense and DUI defense cases.