The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $5,000.
Small claims cases in Idaho are heard in the Small Claims Department of the Magistrate Division.
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.
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.
You are not allowed to have an attorney represent you 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.
In Idaho, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court.
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