Ohio Small Claims Court: An Overview

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

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

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $3,000.

Which court hears small claims cases in Ohio?

Small claims cases in Ohio are heard in the Small Claims Division (Municipal and County Courts).

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

For information on Ohio'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 Ohio, the defendant must file a written answer, filed and served, at least seven days before 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 Ohio?

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

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

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

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

In Ohio, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court.

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

For more information about Ohio small claims court, see http://www.ohiolegalservices.org/public/legal_problem/courts-hearings/representing-yourself-in-court/small-claims/qandact_view.

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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