- Q? How do I file a claim?
- A: If you would like to file a small claim suit you need to file at the court house in the location where the event took place. If you do not want to file online you can contact us here.
- Q? What do I need to bring to court?
- Bring as much proof as you can and do your research. Bring documents, bills, estimates, photographs, police reports with you. Make it easy for the judge to see you are correct.
- Q? What happens after the hearing?
- If you won your case you need to try and collect from the defendant.
- Q? What happens if I lose my case?
- If you lost the case against the person you filed a small claims suit against you cannot appeal it. If you are the defendant and lost the case you can appeal the decision.
- Q? What happens in court? (Plaintiff side)
- Once you arrive to court you will wait until the judge calls your name. Once your name is called you will go to the front of the room where the plaintiff will plead their case first. Keep your story simple and short and state the facts.
- Q? What if I am being sued and I did not show up to court?
- If you do not show up to court a default judgement is filed against you. If you have a good reason for not showing up you can request to get a new hearing by submitting a form called Notice of Motion to Vacate Judgment and Declaration.
- Q? What is a default judgement?
- If you do not show up to court a default judgement is filed against you which means you automatically lose the case and are required to pay.
- Q? What is the process for filing a small claims suit?
- Once you file the application with the courts and the defendant is served you can expect to receive a trial date within 6-8 weeks. This can vary depending on the court house.