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Overview of Tampa Courthouses

Fiol & Morros Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on November 15, 2018

Tampa residents have numerous courthouse options available to help handle legal issues. Like most other places, you can expect to find access to state and federal courts, and the one you need will depend on what type of assistance you need. State courts split into two major types: circuit and county courts. A county court will handle more minor cases than circuit courts handle.

If you find yourself needing a courthouse in Tampa, there are several.

George E. Edgecomb Courthouse

Named after the first African-American county court judge in Hillsborough County, this state courthouse handles most Hillsborough County court activity. It can also handle any type of legal matter for Florida’s state courts. For citizens who live in East County, however, it can be easier to visit the Plant City Office Building instead.

Parking for the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse is to the structure immediately east of the building’s entrance. There are temporary metered parking spaces along the trip. However, if you have a matter that will take an extensive amount of time, as is likely to happen, it’s better to park in the complete structure.

Address: 800 Twiggs Street
Tampa, FL 33602
Telephone Number: (813) 864-2280

Hillsborough County Courthouse Annex

The Hillsborough County Courthouse Annex is part of the same building as the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse. If you enter the courthouse from the Jefferson and Twiggs entrance, the Annex will be to your left. There’s an upstairs walkway to the Annex building that you can take.

To park at the Hillsborough County Courthouse Annex, use the same parking places as the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse. The parking garage is to the east of the building, and you can use the metered parking spots.

Address: 401 N. Jefferson Street
Tampa, FL 33602
Telephone Number: (813) 276-8100

Old Courthouse

Tampa’s Old Courthouse is a state courthouse location for handling traffic citations and tickets. Because of the numerous people who come to the Old Courthouse, it may take time to receive service. If you come close to closing time, you’ll need to be in line at least 30 minutes before the 5 PM closing time. To avoid the crowds, the Old Courthouse also allows people to pay their citations online.

The Old Courthouse is in the same area as the Edgecomb Courthouse and Annex, so you can use the same parking locations. Since it will likely take some time to complete your business at the Old Courthouse, however, it’s better to use extended parking rather than a metered spot.

Address: 419 Pierce Street
Room 107
Tampa, FL 33602
Telephone Number: (813) 276-8200

United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division: Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse

If you need to handle an issue through federal court, you will want to go to the Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse. Because it’s a federal courthouse, you’ll have to abide by all security procedures, including leaving all electronics in the car – phones, laptops, and other electronic devices can enter the building only with a court order. You will also need to pass through a metal detector and an x-ray machine as part of a security screening.

All the street parking places near the courthouse have parking meters, so you’ll want to use the nearby parking lots, since you’ll likely be attending to business for a while.

Address: 801 N. Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
Telephone Number: (813) 301-5400

Since there are numerous courthouses in the Tampa area, you’ll want to check that you’re heading to the right location to save trouble while handling your legal matters. Thankfully, they are close to each other, which can make it easy to relocate if you need to. If you’re working with an attorney, he or she can help you report to the correct building when necessary.