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The Property Appraiser and Tax Collector offices are located in the Courthouse Annex building 1 block north of the new courthouse.
For regular and express mailing: 110 N Apopka Avenue Inverness, FL 34450 When mailing, please indicate which office and division within the office to ensure timely delivery. For example: Clerk of Courts, Recording Division.
There is an automated information operator phone line for the Inverness Courthouse that can help guide you to the appropriate agency or department. This number is 352-341-6400, or toll-free from Citrus Springs and Dunnellon at 352-489-2120.
If the obligor fails to select 1 of these options within 20 days from the date of the Notice, the Family Law Division will mail a request to suspend to the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles. Once suspended, the driver's license cannot be reinstated until either the delinquency is paid in full or until both parties enter into a written agreement for repayment of the delinquency. For more information view and complete the Motion to Contest Driver's License Suspension (PDF).
This form may be obtained at the Citrus County Clerk of Court or by mail.
The cash bond may be returned to the depositor per court order or the bond may be seized for court fines and costs per Florida Statute F.S.903.286. Contact the Clerk'sCall Center for additional information regarding your cash bond at 352-341-6424.
At the conclusion of your case, the Clerk shall withhold from the return of a cash bond, posted on behalf of a criminal defendant by a person other than a bail bond agent, sufficient funds to pay any unpaid court fees, court costs, and criminal penalties. If the amount posted is greater than the fees, costs, and penalties due, the balance will be refunded to the depositor by mail, generally within ten business days of the disposition of the case. You may contact our Felony Department at 352-341-6424 for more information about your bond. Monies paid to a Bail Bondsman are not refundable.
Felony charges include, but are not limited to murder, manslaughter, robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated child abuse, sexual battery, kidnapping, burglary, grand theft, battery on law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, willful or aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer, possession and/or sale of drugs, communication fraud, forgery, and passing worthless bank checks. Felonies are classified into 5 categories, based on severity of the crime: - Capital Felonies, punishable by death or life in prison. - Life Felonies, punishable by life in prison. - First Degree Felonies, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. - Second Degree Felonies, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. - Third Degree Felonies, punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
An arrest on a felony offense means that the defendant is usually booked into the county detention facility. Most felony offenses are bondable according to the approved bail schedule. Except when previously released in a lawful manner, every arrested person is taken before a judge, by electronic audiovisual device within 24 hours of arrest, for first appearance. In the case of a child in the custody of juvenile authorities, against whom an information or indictment has been filed, the child is taken for a first appearance hearing within 24 hours of the filing of the information or indictment. At your first appearance before a judge, if you have not completed a financial affidavit, you will be asked if you can afford the services of an attorney. If you cannot, the judge will question you orally regarding your financial situation, then decide whether to appoint a public defender as your attorney, provisional upon a determination of indigence by the clerk, or instruct you to seek private counsel. If you have completed a financial affidavit, and the clerk has made a determination of indigence, the public defender will be appointed, and this information will be provided to the first appearance judge. A $50 application fee will be assessed to your case whether a public defender is appointed or not. The Clerk's office receives the initial paperwork from the Citrus County Sheriff's Department after a felony arrest. The Felony Division prepares the official court file, including arrest documents as well as any release form. Copies of this information are forwarded to the State Attorney's Office. The State Attorney then reviews the case to decide whether to file formal charges. If a public defender is appointed, copies of the paperwork are also forwarded to the Public Defender's Office.
You can view the details of your case online. Visit the website, Secured Courts Online Record Search System.
At your arraignment, you will have an opportunity to complete an Affidavit of Indigent Status form, and request the appointment of the public defender. You may also, prior to arraignment, file an Affidavit of Indigent Status, with the Felony Division of the Clerk's office. A determination of indigent status will be made by a deputy clerk based on the information in the Affidavit. A $50 application fee will be assessed to your case whether a public defender is appointed or not.
Contact our Customer Service at 352-341-6424, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Public access computers are available for viewing file information. The public access computers are located in Clerk's Office at: 110 N Apopka Avenue Inverness, Fl 34450 You may view your case through our online search, on the
There is a fee of $1 per page. If you need the document certified, there is an additional fee of $2.
The Felony Division will accept faxed copies of documents. The identical document in paper form, with an original signature, must be filed with the Clerk's Office. The documents can be submitted to fax number 352-341-6413.
To obtain information about felony trials, you may contact our office at 352-341-6424.
Fees for filing an Appeal in a felony case are: $100 payable to the Citrus County Clerk of Circuit Court, and $300 payable to the District Court of Appeals.
Results for Fingerprint processing can take up to 4 weeks.
It is required that:
Community Service can be done at a non-profit agency of your choice.
Proof of community service must be turned into our office within 30 days of the date of the citation.
The Clerk's Office will accept proof of community service that is submitted on approved non-profit agency letterhead with the agency's address and phone number. The letterhead must list the dates and hours of work performed, and must be signed (initials are not acceptable) by an authorized individual of the non-profit organization.
Information regarding the tobacco education course can be obtained by contacting the Citrus County Health Department:
The Citrus County Health Department Tobacco Prevention Program
3700 W Sovereign Path
Lecanto, FL 34461
- An involuntary Baker Act admission occurs upon a finding by a court that a person is mentally ill and, because of the mental illness, he/she has refused voluntary placement for treatment or is unable to determine whether placement is necessary. - They are incapable of living alone or with help, and without treatment is likely to suffer from neglect or refuse to care for him/herself, or there is a substantial likelihood in the near future that he/she will inflict serious bodily harm on him/herself or others as evidenced by recent behavior. - All less restrictive treatment alternatives are not appropriate.
Because paperwork must be processed, the petitioners should visit the Clerk's Office well before 5 p.m. The petitioners should bring a valid photo identification of themselves and should be prepared to provide a specific address for the individual.
The Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller's office is located at
110 N Apopka Avenue Inverness Fl, 34450
Our office accepts cash, personal check, cashiers check, money orders and credit cards. There will be a service fee from the credit card vendor. Credit card payments can be made by calling nCourt at 844-400-6727 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Saturday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. Payments can also be made online at the
The Citrus County Clerks Office can accept the following forms of payment
Make the check or money order payable to, Clerk of Court.
Costs for copies are $1 per page for regular copies and an additional $2 for each document to be certified.
You may also mail your address change to our office. Please include your case number and name with any correspondence.
For information contact our Customer Service Department at 352-341-6424. You may also view your case online. You can view various topics such as:
Click Here to access SCORSS to view case information.
To seal or expunge a criminal record requires court approval. To obtain the application and instructions on sealing or expunging a Citrus County misdemeanor case, you will need to visit Florida
The amount of the payment per month varies by case and is determined by monthly income. Monthly payments are required and will be due the same date each month coinciding with the payment plan inception date. Amounts in addition to scheduled monthly payment will be applied to the balance.
Probate is a legal process through which the assets of a deceased person are distributed to the heirs or beneficiaries. The Court oversees the estate to make sure debts are disposed of and proper distribution is made.
A will is a document executed by a person which disposes of his/her property after death. It generally names a personal representative to administer the estate. The custodian of the will must deposit the original will with the Clerk of the Circuit Court, within 10 days after receiving information that the person is deceased. The custodian should supply the person's date of death or the person's social security number to the Clerk upon deposit of the will, if this information is available.
Florida Rules of Probate Procedure 5.030 says:
(a) Required; Exception. Every guardian and every personal representative, unless the personal representative remains the sole interested person, shall be represented by an attorney admitted to practice in Florida. A guardian or personal representative who is an attorney admitted to practice in Florida may represent himself or herself as guardian or personal representative.
There are 3 basic types of proceedings for administering the decedent's estate:
The property will be distributed in accordance with Florida law.
It will be necessary for an attorney to petition the Court to appoint a personal representative to administer the estate.
Probate proceedings are initiated with the filing of a Petition by an interested person asking to be appointed personal representative and/or distribute property depending on size and complexity of property. The Petition is normally prepared by an attorney. The appointed person will be responsible for the estate until all bills are paid and the balance of the estate is distributed to the rightful beneficiaries.
The Court will enter an Order either allowing or disallowing the release of the assets. Two certified copies of the Order Granting Disposition or Order Denying is then mailed to the petitioner.
Please refer to Florida Statute 735.301 to determine if you are eligible for this type of process. This form may not be used when real property is involved. If you are unsure as to whether this process applies to your situation, you may wish to contact an attorney.
The required forms and documentation for a Disposition of Personal Property Without Administration are as follows:
The filing fee is due at the time the Petition is filed. There is also a charge for one certified copy of the Order for Payment of Funds which is generally required by the institution holding the assets. If the judge approves the petition, an Order for Payment of Funds will be entered by the probate court which directs that the assets in question be distributed as outlined in the petition.
Carefully review the letter to ensure all requested documents are filed in the case. Failure to provide all requested documents will result in delaying the outcome of the case.
Go to www.circuit5.org and follow these steps to schedule a status hearing with Judge Thomas:
The filing fee is due at the time the Petition is filed. There is also a charge for one certified copy of the Order for Payment of Funds which is generally required by the institution holding the assets. If the judge approves the petition, an Order for Payment of Funds will be entered by the probate court which directs that the assets in question be distributed as outlined in the petition. For more information view the Disposition of Personal Property Without Administration (PDF).
In addition to any other sentencing, the court may enter a restitution order requiring the defendant to pay the victim(s) of the offense. The State Attorney's Office employs a Victim/Witness staff to offer assistance to the victim. Additional information can be found by calling the State Attorney's Office at 352-341-6670.
The Crimes Compensation Trust Fund (CCTF) assists victim(s) of crime in securing restitution, their location is:Office of the Attorney GeneralThe Capitol PL-01Tallahassee, FL 32399Phone: 850-414-3300
If you do not know an attorney, you should contact the Lawyer Referral Service listed in the yellow pages of the local telephone directory. If you are unable to afford an attorney, you should contact the legal aid office in your area or ask your local bar association for a referral.
Other fees are required for service on the parties sued and are dependent on the type of service selected. Filing fees may be made by check or money order. The Clerk's Office also accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards. A current Schedule of Service Charges is available in any Clerk's Office location or visit the Fee Schedule page.
Copies of any contracts, notes, leases, receipts, or other evidence in support of the claim must be furnished for each person sued and the court. The originals must be brought to the first court appearance. A full explanation of the reason for the small claims action will be necessary.
At the pretrial conference mediation is ordered if both parties to the dispute are present and unable to settle their dispute. A mediator acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. Mediation is an informal and non-adversarial process with the objective of helping the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. In mediation, decision-making authority rests with the parties. Mediation is confidential.
If the dispute cannot be settled at the pre-trial conference, a trial date will be scheduled by the court. The parties must appear at the trial with all witnesses and documentation. At the trial, both parties will have an opportunity to explain the case to the judge, ask the other party any questions concerning the claim, present documentation as discussed at the pre-trial conference, and call witnesses.
The judge orders the fines and court costs to be paid in full within 5 business days after the court order or to enroll into a payment plan. Citation amounts are to be paid within 30 days after your citation was issued. Your driver's license may also be submitted for suspension for failure to pay.
If the amount remains unpaid after 90 days, the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller's Office shall send the remaining balance to a collections agency pursuant to Florida Statutes 28.246 and 938.29. Additional fees of 25% to the collections agency will be incurred at the time of submission.
The collections agency will notify you of the referral and will collect the amount owed. Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller's Office would not be able to clear the suspension of your driver's license until the full balance of your court fines/costs and the fees to the collections agency are paid in full.
The collections agency may file with credit bureaus those accounts that remain unpaid. Failure to pay your court costs and/or traffic citations may affect your credit rating.
Section 318.21, Florida Statutes, entitled "Disposition of civil penalties by a county court," shows the distributions of all civil penalties.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller's Office at 352-341-6424.
A person charged with a moving or non-moving traffic violation may be eligible to attend driver improvement school. A person charged with a violation involving driver licenses, vehicle registration, proof of insurance, or leaving a child under the age of 6 unattended in a vehicle is not eligible. Persons holding a CDL license are not eligible to attend driver improvement school.
There are two benefits. One, no points will be assessed against your driver license. Two, attending driver improvement school to satisfy the violation will be entered on your driver history record as an "adjudication withheld."
Defined in Rules of Judicial Administration 2.520:8 1/2 x 11 inchesPortrait orientation300 DPI (for a scanned document)Black and white not color (for a scanned document)3x3 inch space at the top right corner on the first page1x3 inch space at the top right corner on each subsequent page1 inch marginCan be no larger than 50 MBDo not password protect documents
Please be aware that it may take up to three days to process the filing and become available in the Clerk's case maintenance system. If there is a hearing scheduled within the three day processing period the filing may not get processed and into court case file in time for the hearing.
Pursuant to Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.510, an out-of-state attorney wishing to appear in a Florida case must be granted permission by the court where the case is pending by filing a Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice (PHV). A copy of the Motion is to be sent to The Florida Bar. The Florida Bar will send a letter to the movant with their PHV number.
The attorney must use the PHV number to register with the Portal and e-file future pleadings. Until the attorney receives their PHV number, all pleadings will be e-filed by the local attorney designated in the Motion. If an attorney has a pending case and needs a PHV number, a number will be assigned. For questions on obtaining a PHV number, call The Florida Bar at 850-561-5840.
For additional information see The Florida Bar's letter regarding
You may contact the Customer Call Center located in the Inverness Courthouse. Here deputy clerks can direct your call to the appropriate department or provide the direct number. The Call Center can be reached at 352-341-6424.
If you have a question about a check issued by the Clerk of Court that you have received, contact the Clerk's Bookkeeping Division at 352-341-6424.
The cash bond may be returned to the depositor per court order or the bond may be seized for court fines and costs per Florida Statute F.S.903.286. Contact the Clerk's Call Center for additional information regarding your cash bond at 352-341-6424.
Any adult resident of Florida can serve as a guardian, as can a close relative of the person who does not live in Florida. Persons who have been convicted of a felony or who are incapable of carrying out the duties of a guardian cannot be appointed.
A guardian of the property must inventory the property, invest it prudently, use it for the person's support, and account for it by filing detailed annual reports with the court. In addition, the guardian must obtain court approval for certain financial transactions. A guardian of the person may exercise those rights that have been removed from the person and delegated to the guardian, such as providing medical, mental, and personal care services and determining the place and kind of residential setting best suited for the person. The guardian must present to the court annually a detailed plan for the person's care.
Every guardian shall be represented by an attorney admitted to practice in Florida. A guardian advocate is not required to be represented by an attorney unless otherwise required by law or the court. Guardians are usually required to furnish a bond and may be required to complete a court-approved training program. The Clerk of Court reviews all annual reports of guardians of the person and property, and presents them to the court for approval. The court may remove a guardian who does not properly carry out his or her responsibilities.
Both parents or a surviving parent may make and file with the Clerk of Court a written declaration naming a guardian of the child's person or property to serve if both parents die or become incapacitated. A guardian may also be designated in a will in which the child is a beneficiary.
You may apply for a position at the Clerk's office by filling out an online Application. Click the link below to view available positions and to fill out the Online Application.
Applications are reviewed by the Clerk's Department Directors who select applicants for testing and interview. If you have been selected, Human Resources will call you to schedule testing or interview at a time convenient to you.
Application review begins as soon as the job is posted for newly submitted applications and those on file requested for review by the applicant. Positions remain open until filled by a qualified candidate. This process can take as few as two weeks or will be extended until the right candidate is selected.
One application is sufficient for listing all positions within the Clerk's Office that you are applying for.
According to the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization’s operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.
There are many different types of audits. An audit may be of one or more of the following types:
Internal controls are an organization’s methods and procedures that safeguard the organization’s assets, promote operational efficiency, check the accuracy and reliability of accounting data, and encourage adherence to prescribed policies and procedures. Effective internal control systems are designed to ensure 1) that resources are used in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies and 2) that resources are safeguarded against waste, loss, and misuse.
No. Making internal controls infallible would be cost prohibitive and make business processes unreasonably cumbersome. Internal controls are designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the achievement of objectives in the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, reliability of financial reporting, and compliance with laws and regulations. Even well designed controls are susceptible to collusion and the failure of supervisors to enforce or monitor the controls.
The audit reports are issued to the auditee, Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and the Finance Director. Upon presentation at the Commissioners meeting, the audit report becomes a public document and is available to the media and the general public. Audits are posted on the Clerk's website,
Internal auditors work in the IAD and are employees of the Clerk. They support management and by performing audit activities that address risks and controls at all levels across the BOCC and the Clerk’s office.
External auditors are non-employees of the Clerk and they include the appointed audit firm to conduct the annual audit for the County. There may be situations where the IAD will contract an external audit firm to perform an audit. In this situation, the external auditor will function in an internal audit capacity, with oversight provided by the Chief Audit Officer of IAD.
The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners defines occupational fraud as “the use of one’s occupation for personal enrichment through the deliberate misuse or misapplication of the employing organization’s resource or assets.” Elements present for an employee to commit fraud include opportunity, a low chance of being caught, rationalization by the individual that the action is not a crime, and justification of the ends versus the means.
Unless they are performing an investigative audit, auditors are not specifically searching for the existence of fraud. During a routine audit they are more concerned with ensuring that adequate systems of internal control exist to reduce the risk of fraud. However, procedures are performed that are meant to detect potential fraud and to assess your area’s exposure to fraud related risk.
Suspected fraud, waste or abuse, or unethical behavior may be reported to the Internal Auditor at 352-341-6424. Identity of caller will be kept anonymous. The intent of Florida Statute 112.3187 (Whistle-blowers Act) is to prevent agencies or independent contractors from taking retaliatory action against any person who discloses information to an appropriate agency alleging improper use of governmental office, gross waste of funds, or any other abuse or gross neglect of duty on the part of an agency, public officer, or employee. You may also submit the report through the RedFlag Reporting. To file report you must use this client code, citrusres. Reports can be made anytime through the toll-free number 1-877-647-3335.
Improper activities of employees may be reported directly to the Chief Audit Officer, or by filing a report with Red Flag Reporting at 877-647-3335, or online at www.redflagreporting.com.
The facility will assess and stabilize the patient for a period not to exceed 3 days. A written assessment is sent to the court.
Applications are accepted Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays until 5:30 p.m.
The requirements are:
Submit your application to:Inverness Courthouse Main Office110 N Apopka AvenueInverness, FL 34450Phone: 352-341-6424
The composition of the VAB includes two members of the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, one member of the Citrus County School Board, one citizen member appointed by the County Commissioners who owns homesteaded property within the County, and one citizen member elected by the School Board who owns a business occupying commercial space within the school district.
If you are appealing the valuation of your property, you must file a petition to the VAB with the Clerk of the Circuit Court within the statutory deadline (any time during the taxable year on or before the 25th day following the mailing of the TRIM (Truth in Millage) Notice. You should receive the TRIM notice from the Property Appraiser's Office in late summer.
The Clerk to the VAB will schedule and mail a written notice regarding the date, time, and location for you to appear before a special magistrate who will hear testimony and consider evidence presented by you and the Property Appraiser's representative.
Please refer to the Department of Revenue's rules and procedures for information regarding Exchange of Evidence.