The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $5,000.
Small claims cases in Iowa are heard in the Small Claims Docket (District Court).
For information on Iowa'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 Iowa, the defendant must appear within 20 days after service is made to avoid default.
You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Iowa.
Eviction cases are allowed in small claims court in Iowa.
In Iowa, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court.
For more information about Iowa small claims court, see http://www.iowacourts.gov/Court_Rules__Forms/Small_Claims_Forms/.
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