Who Can File a Small Claim?

The small claims court can be used by any individual, partnership, association or corporation for civil claims that do not exceed $3,500. Small claims cases are simplified; therefore, lawyers are not allowed.

When Can a Small Claim be Filed?

People should try to settle their disputes and disagreements out of court whenever possible. If an agreement cannot be reached, a small claims complaint may be filed. The types of claims that can be filed in the small claims division include:

  • money debts
  • personal injury
  • property damage
  • contracts

Jurisdictional Limit

  • Small claim suits cannot exceed $3,500.
  • All cases are heard by a judge, there is no right to a jury trial
  • The decision is final and binding on both parties, there is no right to appeal.
  • Formal Rules of procedure do not apply. Procedures in small claims cases are intended to be simple enough for a person to file all the necessary forms and represent him/herself at an informal hearing.
  • There are only two specific motions allowed by law in a small claims action:
    • Motion for Change of Venue (Location
    • Motion to Vacate a Judgment

Small Claim Fees

Small Claims Complaint $25.00
Answer to Small Claims Complaint $15.00
Issuance of Writs (Service not Included) $33.00
Judgment Debtors Exam Issue Fee $28.00
Filing any paper or performing any act for which a fee is not specifically prescribed $28.00
Certification of any documents $28.00
Copies of documents $0.05 per page
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