Small claims courts handle disputes involving small amounts of money, usually between individuals, or an individual against a business. The amount of money that can be sought in small claims courts depends on the jurisdiction, but the typical range is $1,000 to $5,000. Typical cases heard in small claims courts include tenant-landlord disputes (not including evictions), minor non-moving auto accidents, and merchandise refunds.
Deciding on when it makes sense to go to small claims court depends on a number of factors, which can include:
The process in small claims courts is typically very informal, and is characterized by the following:
Even though lawyers are not typically sought out in small claims cases, you may still want a lawyer to help you file suit small claims court. It may be helpful to consult an attorney to go over how you will present evidence and witnesses to win your case.
Last Modified: 09-08-2011 03:37 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
We've helped more than 4 million clients find the right lawyer – for free. Present your case online in minutes. LegalMatch matches you to pre-screened lawyers in your city or county based on the specifics of your case. Within 24 hours experienced local lawyers review it and evaluate if you have a solid case. If so, attorneys respond with an offer to represent you that includes a full attorney profile with details on their fee structure, background, and ratings by other LegalMatch users so you can decide if they're the right lawyer for you.