Florida Small Claims Court: An Overview

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

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

Which court hears small claims cases in Florida?

Small claims cases in Florida are heard in the Small Claims Procedure or Summary Procedure (County Court).

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

In Florida, the defendant may file a written answer five days before the pretrial conference, but only if a counterclaim is being filed; otherwise an answer is not required. The defendant must appear personally or by counsel at the pretrial conference.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Florida?

You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Florida. If attorneys are used, parties are subject to discovery.

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

Eviction cases are allowed in small claims court in Florida.

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

In Florida, either party may demand a jury trial. The plaintiff must make the demand when filing suit; the defendant must make the demand within five days of being served or notice of suit, or at mediation/pretrial conference.

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

For more information about Florida small claims court, see www.orangeclerk.net (click "Civil," then "Small Claims Court").

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 12/01/07.

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