Massachusetts Small Claims Court: An Overview
From maximum dollar limits to statutes of limitations, learn the basics about small claims court in Massachusetts.
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What's the dollar limit for small claims court cases in Massachusetts?
The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $7,000, but there is no limit for property damage caused by a motor vehicle.
Which court hears small claims cases in Massachusetts?
Small claims cases in Massachusetts are heard in the Small Claims Division, Boston municipal court; elsewhere, Small Claims Section (District Court).
What is the statute of limitations period for filing a claim in small claims court in Massachusetts?
For information on Massachusetts'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.
Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Massachusetts?
You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Massachusetts.
Can a landlord bring an eviction lawsuit in small claims court in Massachusetts?
Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Massachusetts, but must be heard by a higher court.
Do I have a right to a jury trial in small claims court in Massachusetts?
In Massachusetts, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court, except upon appeal.
Where can I get more information about small claims court in Massachusetts?
For more information about Massachusetts small claims court, see http://www.mass.gov/courts/selfhelp/small-claims/.
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