Small Claims Information Center

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What is Small Claims Court?
Small Claims court is a special court designed to provide a quick and cheap resolution to relatively small law suits. In most cases laweyers are not allowed and in most
court houses the limit you can sue is $10,000 or less. To see your states limit click on your state on the left.

How much can I sue for?
The amount you can sue for is different for each state. To see what the per state limit is click on your state on the left.

What is the statute of limitations for a Small Claims case?
The statute of limitations for a Small Claims case is different for each state. To see what the per state limit is click on your state on the left.

What is the cost to file a small claims suit?
The cost of a claim depends on the court house and the amount you are suing for. The cost can range anywhere between $15-$150 for filing fees.

Should I file a claim?
You should consider the following before filing a claim.
1. Is the amount of the claim worth you pursuing?
2. Does the person you have a claim against have a claim against you?
3. Does the person you have a claim against have the ability to pay if you win?
4. Do you have enough evidence to convince a judge you are right?

Where do I file my case?
You file your case in the nearest court where your contract was signed, or where the person you are suing lives or where the business is located. You are not necessarily suing in the closest courthouse to where you live.

What if I am sued in Small Claims court?
If you receive an order to appear in court at a small claims hearing this means you are being sued. If you do not know the reason for this law suit then contact the plaintiff right away for an explanation. Don’t ever ignore and order to appear in court. If you think you are wrongly named in the law suit you can write to the court to explain. You can also explain this at the hearing date.

Is there a trial in Small Claims court?
There are no trials by jury in small claims court. A judge will listen to the case and decide.

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