The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $6,000.
Small claims cases in Alabama are heard in the Small Claims Docket (District Court).
For information on Alabama's statutes of limitations periods for claims related to written contracts, oral contracts, injuries, and property damage, see Nolo's 50-state Statutes of Limitations chart.
In Alabama, the defendant must file a written answer within 14 days to avoid default.
You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Alabama. A collection agency suing to collect a debt is required to have an attorney.
Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Alabama, but must be heard by a higher court.
In Alabama, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court.
For more information about Alabama small claims court, see http://www.alabamalegalhelp.org/issues/consumer-issues/small-claims-actions.
Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles. For more detailed help with filing a case, using the best strategy in court, and collecting your money if you win, see Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, by Attorney Ralph Warner (Nolo).
Updated: October 1, 2015