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County Civil

County Civil is the jurisdiction that includes Summary Procedure, also known as Small Claims, where damages sought range from $.01 to $8,000 (exclusive of costs, interest, and attorneys' fees). County Civil's jurisdiction also includes other civil matters in which the damages sought do not exceed $50,000, Landlord/Tenant matters, and appeals to the Circuit Civil level.

Small Claims Court Information and Resources

Visit the Small Claims Court page for information, forms and frequently asked questions.

Tenant and Landlord Issues

  • How can I evict a tenant?
  • What are my rights as a tenant? What are my rights as a landlord?

Property Recovery Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I recover my property from a person who refuses to return it?
  • Why do I have to put money in the registry of the court at the time of filing an emergency replevin?

County Civil Fees

Most fees may be paid by check, money order, or credit card. A 3.5% nonrefundable fee is charged by the financial service provider for each credit card transaction. If using a credit card, a photo I.D. which matches the name of the credit card holder must be presented at the time of the transaction. Payment should be made payable to Gary J. Cooney, Clerk of Court & Comptroller. In some cases, a credit card payment is not accepted.

Item Fee Amount
Small claims less than $100.00 $55.00
Small claims $100 to $500.00 $80.00
Small claims $500.01 to $2500.00 $175.00
Small claims $2,500.01 to $8,000 $300.00
Filing a claim of not more than $1,000.00 filed simultaneously with an action for replevin of property that is the subject of the claim $130.00
County Civil $8,000.01 to $15,000  $300.00
County Civil $15,000.01 to $50,000 $400.00
Removal of Tenant $185.00
Issuing each summons $10.00
Filing cross-claim, counterclaim, or third-party complaint if relief sought by party exceeds $2500.00 $295.00
Reopening a case, up to $500 $25.00
Reopening a case, greater than $500 $50.00
Additional filing fee for each timeshare estate joined in action $10.00
Additional service charge for each proceeding of Garnishment, Attachment, Replevin and Distress $85.00
Additional charge for each defendant over 5, per defendant $2.50
Filing Notice of Appeal from County Court to Circuit Court $281.00
Filing notice of Cross-appeal, Notice of Joinder, or Motion to Intervene as an appellant, Cross-appellant, or Petitioner (in cases greater than $2500.00) $295.00
For preparing, numbering and indexing an original record of Appellate Proceedings, per instrument
Clerk's Certificate $7.00
For examining, comparing, correcting, verifying, and certifying transcripts of Appellate Proceedings prepared by someone other than the Clerk, per page $5.00
From each attorney appearing Pro Hac Vice $100.00
County Civil Resources
County Civil Office Location
Lake County Courthouse (CH)
550 W. Main St., 1st Floor
Tavares, FL 32778
Phone: (352) 742-4145
Fax: (352) 742-4166