Minnesota Small Claims Procedure (Conciliation Court, District Court): An Overview

What you need to know about Minnesota's small claims court (Conciliation Court, District Court).

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

$15,000 ($4,000 for claims involving consumer credit transactions, $15,000 for claims involving money or personal property subject to criminal forfeiture)

Which court hears small claims cases in Minnesota?

Small claims cases in Minnesota are heard in the Conciliation Court, District Court.

How long does the defendant have to answer the small claims court complaint?

In Minnesota, the defendant may file a written answer within five days of the trial date, but only if a counterclaim is being filed; otherwise an answer is not required.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Minnesota?

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

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

Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Minnesota, but must be heard by a higher court.

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

In Minnesota, jury trials are not allowed, except on appeal to district court.

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

For more information about Minnesota small claims court, see www.mncourts.gov/selfhelp/?page=313.

Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles and a Small Claims Court FAQ. 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).

Last updated on 10/01/09.

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