Indiana Small Claims Court: An Overview
From maximum dollar limits to statutes of limitations, learn the basics about small claims court in Indiana.
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What's the dollar limit for small claims court cases in Indiana?
The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $6,000 ($8,000 in Marion County).
Which court hears small claims cases in Indiana?
Small claims cases in Indiana are heard in the Small Claims Docket (Circuit Court, Superior Court, and County Court) or Marion County Small Claims Court.
What is the statute of limitations period for filing a claim in small claims court in Indiana?
For information on Indiana'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.
Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Indiana?
You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Indiana.
Can a landlord bring an eviction lawsuit in small claims court in Indiana?
Eviction cases are allowed in small claims court in Indiana, if total rent due does not exceed $6,000 ($8,000 in Marion County).
Do I have a right to a jury trial in small claims court in Indiana?
In Indiana, the defendant may request a jury trial within ten days following service of complaint upon submitting an affidavit stating questions of fact that require a jury trial. Once requested, the case is transferred from small claims to formal court. In Marion County, the defendant must file a jury duty request at least three calendar days before the trial date that appears on the complaint. Once filed, the case is transferred from small claims to superior court.
Where can I get more information about small claims court in Indiana?
For more information about Indiana small claims court, see http://www.in.gov/judiciary/2710.htm or http://www.indy.gov/eGov/Courts/SmallClaims/Pages/default.aspx [Marion County].
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