What Is Small Claims Court

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Small claims courts are civil courts that only hear disputes between private individuals, such as neighbors or business partners. Furthermore, the amount of money in dispute is limited to a relatively small figure, typically under $10,000. Small claims courts typically aim for a simplified process meant to make the lawsuit procedure simpler, speedier and more accessible than regular civil court proceedings. Additionally, in some states attorneys are not permitted to represent parties in small claims courts. If someone owes you money and will not pay you or someone has your property and won't return it, you may be able to resolve the problem by taking your case to small claims. Your local small claims court should be able to help you by providing you with information regarding the forms that need to be filed, the cost of filing, and additional tips.

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