Small Claims Court FAQ
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Can any kind of case be resolved in small claims court?
1. Can any kind of case be resolved in small claims court?
No. Small claims courts primarily resolve small monetary disputes, and in a few states, evictions and restitution of property. No state allows you to use small claims court to file a divorce, guardianship, name change, or bankruptcy, or to ask for emergency relief (such as an injunction to stop someone from doing an illegal act). A few states also prohibit small claims suits based on libel, slander, false arrest, and a few other legal theories.
For more information, see Nolo's article What Types of Cases Can Be Resolved in Small Claims Court?