Massachusetts Small Claims Court: An Overview

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

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

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