The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $5,000.
Small claims cases in Maryland are heard in the Small Claims Court (District Court).
For information on Maryland'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 Maryland, the defendant must file a written answer within 15 days from receipt of summons to file "Notice of Intention to Defend" in order to avoid default (out-of-state defendants have 60 days).
You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Maryland.
Eviction cases are allowed in small claims court in Maryland, as long as the rent claimed does not exceed $5,000.
In Maryland, jury trials are allowed if a demand is filed. The case is then transferred to regular civil docket.
For more information about Maryland small claims court, see www.courts.state.md.us/legalhelp/smallclaims.html.
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