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Small claims courts are reserved for disputes over small amounts of money. Depending on your state, this limit can be anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 or more. Not all types of claims are allowed in small claims court even if they fall within the dollar limit. Common types of claims allowed in small claims courts include collection of unpaid debts, disputes about failure to properly fix a car or appliance, or breach of service contracts. Some states also allow other types of legal disputes, such as evictions, landlord/tenant complaints, and requests for the return of personal property. Cases such as bankruptcy, divorce, defamation or injunctions are not generally permitted in small claims courts. Furthermore, criminal matters are never handled in small claims.