Georgia Small Claims Court: An Overview

What you need to know about Georgia's small claims court (Magistrate Court).

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

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $15,000 (no limit in eviction cases).

Which court hears small claims cases in Georgia?

Small claims cases in Georgia are heard in the Magistrate Court.

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

In Georgia, the defendant may file a written answer, or make a personal appearance, within 30 days.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Georgia?

You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Georgia.

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

Eviction cases are allowed in small claims court in Georgia.

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

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

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

For more information about Georgia small claims court, see www.georgiacourts.org/councils/magistrate/index.html.

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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