The Office of the Clerk

Overview - The Volusia County Clerk of the Circuit Court

The Clerk of the Circuit Court is an elected Constitutional Officer whose authority and responsibilities are set forth in the Florida Constitution and Florida Statutes. The Clerk records and maintains the Official Records of Volusia County and serves both the County and Circuit Courts and as the custodian of the official court records.

The Clerk has many duties and responsibilities, including recording property transactions, attending and supporting all court proceedings, maintaining official court records and providing access to those records as permitted by law, assisting victims of domestic abuse, processing child support payments, collecting court fees and fines, administering court-ordered sales, and processing marriage and passport applications. These responsibilities require the Clerk's Office to efficiently handle and manage not only millions of public records, but also millions of dollars of public money. Money generated by these and other activities is deposited in the Clerk's Office and distributed to the appropriate recipients pursuant to statutory law or court order.

About the Clerk

Laura E. Roth

Laura Roth earned her bachelor's degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and her law degree from the University of Arizona. She became the Volusia County Clerk's office first in-house legal counsel in 2004, and was appointed the Chief Deputy Clerk, the lead administrator, in 2011. Laura ran for office and became the Clerk of Court for Volusia County in 2016.

As Clerk, Laura is committed to pursuing unsurpassed process efficiencies, technology innovations, and customer service improvements at the Clerk's office. Since being elected, some of her office's achievements include a lower collection fee on delinquent financial obligations, the introduction of a survey system to increase customer feedback, and the implementation of a free service to alert Volusia County residents to possible land-related record fraud. The Clerk's office motivating philosophy is "We Love Helping People."

Professional Service:

  • Volusia County Law Library Board of Directors, Treasurer
  • Volusia County Bar Association, Member
  • Volusia/Flagler Association of Women Lawyers, Member
  • Florida Bar Association, Member
  • Florida Supreme Court Steering Committee on Families and Children, Member
  • Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation, Executive Council, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation, Performance Improvement and Efficiencies Committee, Chair
  • Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers, Board of Directors, Member
  • Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers, Best Practice Committee, Chair
  • Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers, Strategic Technology Committee, Member
  • Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers, Legislative Committee, Member
  • Rotary Club of DeLand, Member and Honorary Paul Harris Fellow
  • DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Guardian ad Litem Program, Volunteer, 2005-2010
  • Public Interest Law Organization, University of Arizona Chapter, President, 2001-2002
  • Graduate University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Magna Cum Laude, 2003
  • Order of the Coif, 2003
  • Graduate Eckerd College, Florida, Highest Honors, 1998

Professional Recognitions:

  • Recipient, "Exceptional Community Partner Award," Spring Hill Neighborhood Association, Inc., 2017
  • Recipient, "Community Legacy: Justice Is Blind Award," DeLand Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, 2020
  • Clerk of the Year, 2021, Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers Association
  • Presidential Pillar Award, "Leading the Drive for Excellence," 2020-2021, Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers Association
  • "Laura Roth Day," August 3rd, 2021, County Council, Volusia County, Florida
  • Legislative Advocate Award, "Game Changer to Build the Future," 2022-2023, Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers Association

Office Organizational Chart

Mission Statement

The mission of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is to make accurate information accessible to all. We strive to exemplify our motto, "Setting the Standard for Public Service," by our whole-hearted dedication to professionalism in serving the public, the judiciary, and our agency partners.


Technology plays a significant role in the Clerk's Office ability to provide timely and efficient access to public records. As the judicial system continues to respond to an increasing workload, the evolution to a paperless environment becomes increasingly important in efficiently processing the vast number of documents and records that must be maintained by the Clerk's office.

As part of our office's dedication to deliver excellent customer service, we provide access over the Internet to as many of the public records as allowed by rule and law. Online access is available to individuals, law firms, title companies, and businesses interested in viewing official records or case information from the convenience of their home or office.

As a result of our constant pursuit of excellence, our technology team was awarded the 2015 Best of NIEM for our effort to standardize and centralize crucial court data and case files across Florida.

Best of Niem