Small Claims Courts are courts in which our citizens can settle small money disputes in a speedy, informal setting. The State Legislature established less formal procedures for these courts to ensure that Small Claims Courts can be used without the help of an attorney although the use of an attorney by either party in a suit is optional. This section is to help you understand the basic procedures in these courts, but is not intended to present complete coverage of them. You are encouraged to seek competent legal advice from an attorney at any stage of the process, particularly in reference to collections on a judgment.
For those planning to file in Small Claims Court it is very important to read through this section carefully before you proceed to fill out the Statement of Claim Form.
Note: Statement of Claim form is currently being updated and will be made available again by January 15, 2010.
Plaintiff's Small Claim Filing Instructions
This 4-page document describes in great detail the small claims filing process from filing to final judgment. It is very important that you read, print, and attach a signed copy to your Statement of Claim upon filing with the Court.
Small Claims Form
Filing and Service Fees
Defendant's Answer to Statement of Claim