Small claims court is a special court where disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively.
In small claims court, the rules are simplified and the hearing is informal.
Attorneys are generally not allowed.
The person who files the claim is called the plaintiff.
In general, claims are limited to disputes up to $5,000.
What kind of cases can be heard in small claims court?
Small claims courts are courts of limited jurisdiction, meaning that they can only hear specific types of cases. Most small claims courts can only hear civil cases involving small amounts of money, usually $10,000 or less.
Is it worth filing a small claims case?
If your dispute is for slightly more than the limit, it may still be worth it to file a small claims suit. You won’t be able to sue for the full amount, but you’ll avoid the expense of a regular lawsuit. The small claims filing fee varies from state to state. It can be as cheap as twenty bucks, or as much as $200.
How long does a small claims case take?
The time taken in the courts depends on various parameters of the case, if there are many variables and people involved the time is more. If your case is in consumer courts usually 3 to 6 months, for financial challenges typically 6 months to 18/24 months… depending on the nature of claims.
Where do I file a small claims case?
Small Claims and Litigation
- Try to settle the dispute outside of court.
- Contact the county clerk in the small claims court district closest to the residence or business of the person you are suing.
- Fill out a complaint form, otherwise known as a “Statement of Claim” at the clerk’s office, and pay the filing fee.