General Civil

NOTICE TO ATTORNEYS
County Court, in Lee County, is being separated into two divisions: criminal and civil with six criminal judges and three civil judges. These changes will take effect beginning September 8th, 2021. This stems from the Florida Supreme Court directive (AOSC 20-23 Amendment 12 and local AO 1.13) in which Trial Courts are required to implement civil case management procedures in circuit and county court. This includes Small Claims cases in which the rule has been invoked. The Lee County Clerk will begin the migration of the Lee County Civil (CC) cases and appropriate Small Claims (SC) cases on September 3rd, 2021.
Click here for a breakdown of the reassignments

General Circuit Civil is any lawsuit in which the relief sought is in excess of $30,000. Most civil cases are placed on an 18 month track to resolution from time of filing in accordance with guidelines from the Florida Supreme Court. Civil cases are monitored by case managers, each of whom works with an assigned judge. Case Managers track timeliness, review filings, assist with development of case management plans, conduct civil case management conferences and compliance conferences, assist the judge in court and prepare court paperwork. Case managers also maintain a foreclosure caseload separate from a general civil caseload. There is also a case manager responsible for monitoring all guardianship cases.


Baker Act

Persons who are mentally ill and refuse to seek treatment and are a danger to themselves or others may be court ordered for evaluation and treatment or emergency pickup, if necessary, under the provision of the Baker Act when the licensed service provider determines the criteria. The agency files the petition and assists with the preparation and filing of emergency petitions.

Baker Act records are confidential.

Marchman Act

The Marchman Act provides involuntary assessment and treatment, if necessary, for substance abuse when the licensed service provider determines the criteria. The agency assists with the preparation of the petition which is filed and processed in the Probate Division.

Substance abuse records are confidential.

Civil Case Manager Contact Information
Christine Walen
Telephone:
E-mail:
(Judge Fuller)
(239) 533-8249
cwalen@ca.cjis20.org
Craig Freeman
Telephone:
E-mail:
(Judge Laboda)
(239) 533-2812
cfreeman@ca.cjis20.org
Lindy Gonzalez
Telephone:
E-mail:
(Judge K. Kyle)
(239) 533-8419
lgonzalez@ca.cjis20.org
Case Manager
Telephone:
E-mail:
(Judge Leigh Hayes)
(239) 533-2830
Leecircuitcivilcm@ca.cjis20.org
Case Manager
Telephone:
E-mail:
(Judge Shenko)
(239) 533-8421
Leecircuitcivilcm@ca.cjis20.org
Nicol Annis
Telephone:
E-mail:
(Judge McHugh)
(239) 533-8461
NAnnis@ca.cjis20.org
Case Manager
Telephone:
E-mail:
(Guardianship)
(239) 533-8421
leega@ca.cjis20.org
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RELATED LINKS

Agreed Case Management Plans are to be submitted by email in word format to LeeCircuitcivilcm@ca.cjis20.org

CONTACT INFORMATION

Lee County Justice Center
1700 Monroe Street Room 3404
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
Telephone: (239) 533-8421
Facsimile: (239) 485-2948
Email: LeeCircuitcivilcm@ca.cjis20.org

Court Civil/Family Division Director
Sheila Jerome

Civil/Alternative Dispute Resolution Manager
Jack Hughes
Telephone: (239) 533-8424
Email: jhughes@ca.cjis20.org

All Circuit Civil Cases are assigned to the Honorable Judge Geoffrey H. Gentile.

The General Magistrate Robert F. Koch is available to hear cases in the Circuit Division. Magistrate Downloads

CONTACT INFORMATION

Susana Fernandez, Civil Case Manager & Program Coordinator
Court Administration - 2nd Floor
Phone: (941) 637-2207
Email: sfernandez@ca.cjis20.org

Clarissa Foster, Civil Case Manager
Court Administration - 2nd Floor
Phone: (941) 833-3060
Email: cfoster@ca.cjis20.org

Luanne Wolff, Civil Division Manager
Court Administration
Phone: (941) 505-4771
Email: lwolff@ca.cjis20.org

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Agreed Case Management Plans are to be submitted by email in word format to CollierAgreedPlan@ca.cjis20.org

CONTACT INFORMATION

Debbie Mravic, Program Coordinator - Family/Civil Court
Magistrates Office
3315 Tamiami Trail E. Ste 509
Naples, FL 34112
phone: (239) 252-2603
fax: (239) 252-8870