New Hampshire Small Claims Court: An Overview

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

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

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $7,500.

Which court hears small claims cases in New Hampshire?

Small claims cases in New Hampshire are heard in the Small Claims Court (District or Municipal Courts).

What is the statute of limitations period for filing a claim in small claims court in New Hampshire?

For information on New Hampshire'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.

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

In New Hampshire, the defendant may file a written answer within 30 days of the return date given on the summons to avoid default.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in New Hampshire?

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

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

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

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

In New Hampshire, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court. The case may, however, be transferred to superior court, if the claim is more than $1,500 and the defendant files the request for a jury trial within five days of the plaintiff's claim.

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

For more information about New Hampshire small claims court, see http://www.courts.state.nh.us/district/eclaims/index.htm.

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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