Idaho Small Claims Court: An Overview

From maximum dollar limits to statutes of limitations, learn the basics about small claims court in Idaho.

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

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

Which court hears small claims cases in Idaho?

Small claims cases in Idaho are heard in the Small Claims Department of the Magistrate Division.

What is the statute of limitations period for filing a claim in small claims court in Idaho?

For information on Idaho'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.

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

In Idaho, the defendant must file a written answer within 20 days. It must be signed, completed, and filed with the court clerk to avoid default.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Idaho?

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about Idaho small claims court, see https://courtselfhelp.idaho.gov/small-claims.

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

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