(A) County courts have exclusive, original jurisdiction in all cases of replevin in which the value of the specific personal property that is sought to be recovered does not exceed five hundred dollars and original jurisdiction in all cases of replevin in which the value of the specific personal property that is sought to be recovered does not exceed fifteen thousand dollars.
(B) Upon the filing of a replevin action, the county court shall order appraisals of the property. The appraisals shall be made under oath by at least two disinterested freeholders who are residents of the court's territorial jurisdiction or as the court otherwise directs. If the value of the property according to the appraisals exceeds fifteen thousand dollars, the court shall certify the action to the court of common pleas. If a replevin action is certified to the court of common pleas, the clerk of the county court shall take action as described in division (C) of section 1907.03 of the Revised Code.
Effective Date: 07-01-1997 .