The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $5,000 (city court); $5,000 (justice of the peace, but no limit on eviction cases).
Small claims cases in Louisiana are heard in the Justice of the Peace (Rural); otherwise the Small Claims Division (City Court).
For information on Louisiana'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 Louisiana, the defendant must file a written answer within ten days of service (15 days if served by the secretary of state) to avoid default.
You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Louisiana.
Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Louisiana, but must be heard by a higher court.
In Louisiana, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court.
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