Martin County Clerk and Comptroller, Carolyn Timmann, today announced the release of a new program that allows any individual who registers to receive alerts of upcoming criminal court events via text or email. The new system, known as E-Notify, is intended to keep defendants and any other interested parties informed about upcoming court events. The statewide program went into effective January 31, 2020.
“I’m excited to announce our partnership with all Florida Clerks and the state courts to provide this free service,” said Clerk Timmann. “Increasing accessibility to our criminal justice system and offering a practical solution to missed court appearances will help achieve due process.”
E-Notify is designed to provide alerts to defendants in criminal cases. The system, however, is not limited to defendants and offers a valuable resource to others who may wish to be notified of case events.
Failure to appear for a court event may result in additional costs and a warrant being issued for the arrest of a defendant. Fewer defendants with missed court dates will reduce negative consequences both for the individuals and associated costs to the justice system.
Users can go to enotify.flcourts.org to sign up for alerts or visit martinclerk.com for additional information and an instructional video. The program was developed collaboratively by the state’s clerks of court and the state courts system.
The service allows the subscriber to choose how they will get alerts – by email, text, or both – and timing of the reminders, choosing any combination of 14-day, 7-day, or 24-hour notices. Subscribers can sign up to receive notifications on an unlimited number of cases. E-notify also allows users to make changes to their alert subscriptions.