Kentucky Small Claims Court: An Overview

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

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

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $2,500.

Which court hears small claims cases in Kentucky?

Small claims cases in Kentucky are heard in the Small Claims Division (District Court).

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

For information on Kentucky'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 Kentucky, the defendant must appear for the hearing (20 to 40 days from service of process). The defendant must file a written answer within five days of the hearing.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Kentucky?

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

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

Eviction cases are allowed in small claims court in Kentucky.

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

In Kentucky, jury trials are allowed only if the defendant makes a written request at least seven days before the hearing date. The case is then transferred to regular district court.

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

For more information about Kentucky small claims court, see

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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