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Mental Health cases may be filed at the Clerk's Office.

BAKER ACT
The purpose of the Baker Act Petition is to initiate the Baker Act proceeding for emergency pickup and evaluation for persons who are mentally ill and refuse to seek treatment and are a danger to themselves and others.

The Petition can be filed by a person(s) who has first hand knowledge of the situation. If the Petitioner is a blood relative or spouse you will need one witness. If there is no spouse or blood relatives you will need at least two witnesses.

All Baker Act cases are confidential and filed on an emergency basis. When the Judge signs the Order for Involuntary Examination the Respondent is picked up by the Sheriff's Office and delivered to the Lakeview in Pensacola for evaluation. The remaining court process is handled through the Circuit Court.

For more information concerning the Baker Act, please visit our Baker Act section.

MARCHMAN ACT (Substance Abuse)
The purpose of this Petition is to obtain a Court Order for substance abuse treatment when the Respondent has refused to voluntarily receive care. The Petition may be filed by one family member or three citizens of Florida.

The Marchman Act cases are confidential. Once the Judge hears the case and has signed the Order, the Respondent is scheduled for an appointment with {} for evaluation and recommended treatment.

For more information concerning the Marchman Act, please visit our Marchman Act section.

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES
These Petitions are filed by the Department of Children and Families when the Department has reason to believe a disabled or elderly adult is being neglected, abused or exploited and the person lacks the capacity to consent to services being granted. A Court Order allows the Department of Children and Families to provide services to the disabled or elderly adult.



Contact Information

Probate / Mental Health / Guardianship

Telephone: (850) 595-4300   
OFFICE LOCATION

Room 23009 - Second Floor
190 W Government St
Pensacola, Florida  32502
(map)
MAILING ADDRESS
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Probate Division
P.O. Box 333
Pensacola, Florida  32591-0333


Frequently Asked Questions

Where may I find more information concerning the Baker Act?
For more information concerning the Baker Act, please visit our Baker Act section.


Where may I find more information concerning the Marchman Act?
For more information concerning the Marchman Act, please visit our Marchman Act section.


Where may I find more information concerning the Adult Protective Services?
For more information concerning the Adult Protective Services, please visit the Department of Children and Families (DCFS) Adult Services.




Forms

NOTICE
Please read the instructions for the forms that you are downloading.
Additional forms may be needed depending on your situation.

NOTE: The forms supplied by the Clerk's office are general in nature and may not meet your specific needs. The Clerk does not guarantee the legal sufficiency of these forms; therefore, you may need to consult with an attorney regarding your particular situation.



Related Resources


NOTE: Most of the "Related Resource" links above are not maintained by the Clerk.