13th Judicial Circuit (Hillsborough County)
Case Management Unit
The staff of the Case Management Unit provide procedural or referral information to pro se litigants on family law and dependency issues. The staff are not attorneys, and cannot give legal advice. They provide assistance to the judiciary by reviewing cases prior to setting court dates when all parties to a case are representing themselves.
Office of Social Investigation and Study (formerly Child Custody Investigations)
George Edgecomb Courthouse, 800 E. Twiggs Street, Room 208 Tampa, FL 33602
Investigators contracted by the Office of Social Investigation and Study assist the Family Law division in instances where child custody is in dispute by completing investigations that evaluate family functioning in the context of Florida Statute 61.13 (Subsections 3 a-t) and providing recommendations pertaining to the establishment or modification of a Parenting /Time Share plan.
The Children's Justice Center (CJC) provides a neutral, safe, child-friendly atmosphere for children when there are allegations of child sexual, physical abuse, when children have witnessed crimes or when visitations are necessary in a supervised setting. Programs and services provided by the CJC are the Supervised Visitation Program and the Children’s Advocacy Center. The Children’s Advocacy Center (located at Mary Lee’s House) consists of the Outreach Program, Depositions, Forensic Interviews and Remote Testimony.
Clerk of the Circuit Court, Family Division
Telephone: 813-276-8100, Ext. 4358
Tampa: George Edgecomb Courthouse, 1st floor (Room 101), 800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, FL 33602
Brandon: 311 Pauls Drive, Suite 110, Brandon, FL 33511
Plant City: 301 N. Michigan, Room 1071, Plant City, FL 33563
Ruskin/Sun City: 410 30th Street SE, Ruskin, FL 33570
Mailing Address: Clerk of the Circuit Court, Family Division, P.O. Box 3450, Tampa, FL 33601-3450
Court Interpreter Center
Courthouse North Annex, 801 E. Twiggs Street, Room 105-Annex, Tampa, FL 33602
Court Interpreters interpret/translate orally or in writing between, spoken or sign language and English. Staff Interpreters offer Spanish interpreting services. Freelance interpreters offer services in more than 20 languages and dialects, as well as for the hearing impaired ensuring equal access to the court process according to Florida statutes.
Guardian Ad Litem/Voices for Children
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, 700 E. Twiggs St., Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602 / 813-272-5110
Voices for Children of Tampa Bay, P.O. Box 2694 Tampa, FL 33601-9783 / 813-275-9300 The State of Florida requires that the interests of every abused and neglected child be
represented by a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in court. While the benefits of this are immeasurable to the child, there aren't enough Guardian Advocates for all of Hillsborough County's abused and neglected children. The GAL program doesn't receive adequate public funding. That's where VOICES helps. Voices for Children is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide the volunteer guardians the financial means necessary for Guardian ad Litem to continue this vital service to children.