The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $5,000.
Small claims cases in Florida are heard in the Small Claims Procedure or Summary Procedure (County Court).
For information on Florida's statute of limitation periods for claims related to written contracts, oral contracts, injuries, and property damage, see Nolo's 50-state Statutes of Limitations chart.
In Florida, the defendant is not required to file a written response but must file any counterclaim in writing at least five days before pretrial conference. The defendant must appear personally or by counsel at the pretrial conference.
You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Florida. If attorneys are used, parties are subject to discovery.
Eviction cases are allowed 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.
For more information about Florida small claims court, see http://www.flcourts.org/resources-and-services/family-courts/family-law-self-help-information/small-claims.stml.
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