Iowa Small Claims Court: An Overview

Key facts about Iowa's small claims court procedure.

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

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

Which court hears small claims cases in Iowa?

Small claims cases in Iowa are heard in the Small Claims Docket (District Court).

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Iowa?

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

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

Eviction cases are allowed in small claims court in Iowa.

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

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

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

For more information about Iowa small claims court, see www.iowacourts.gov/Representing_Yourself/Civil_Law/Small_Claims.

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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