Arkansas Small Claims Court: An Overview

Key facts about Arkansas's small claims court procedure.

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What's the dollar limit for small claims court cases in Arkansas?

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $5,000.

Which court hears small claims cases in Arkansas?

Small claims cases in Arkansas are heard in the Small Claims Division (District Court).

How long does the defendant have to answer the small claims court complaint?

In Arkansas, the defendant may file a written answer within 20 days if in-state (within 30 days if out-of-state).

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Arkansas?

You are not allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Arkansas.

Can a landlord bring an eviction lawsuit in small claims court in Arkansas?

Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Arkansas, but must be heard by a higher court.

Do I have a right to a jury trial in small claims court in Arkansas?

In Arkansas, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court.

Where can I get more information about small claims court in Arkansas?

For more information about Arkansas small claims court, see http://courts.state.ar.us/pdf/small_claims_info.pdf or http://courts.arkansas.gov/districtcourt/index.cfm.

Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles and a Small Claims Court FAQ. 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).

Last updated on 10/01/09.

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