50-State Chart of Small Claims Court Dollar Limits

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Small Claims Court Limits for the 50 States*

State Dollar Limit

Alabama

$3,000

Alaska

$10,000

Arizona

$3,500

Arkansas

$5,000

California

$10,000, except that a plaintiff may not file a claim over $2,500 more than twice a year. Limit for local public entity or for businesses is $5,000. $6,500 is the limit in suits by an individual against a guarantor that charges for its guarantor or surety services.

Colorado

$7,500

Connecticut

$5,000 (except in landlord-tenant security deposit claims).

Delaware

$15,000

District of Columbia

$5,000

Florida

$5,000

Georgia

$15,000 (no limit in eviction cases).

Hawaii

$5,000; no limit in landlord-tenant residential security deposit cases. For return of leased or rented personal property, the property must not be worth more than $5,000.

Idaho

$5,000

Illinois

$10,000

Indiana

$6,000

Iowa

$5,000

Kansas

$4,000

Kentucky

$2,500

Louisiana

$5,000 (city court); $5,000 (justice of the peace, but no limit on eviction cases).

Maine

$6,000

Maryland

$5,000

Massachusetts

$7,000; no limit for property damage caused by motor vehicle.

Michigan

$5,000

Minnesota

$10,000 ($4,000 for claims involving consumer credit transactions, $15,000 for claims involving money or personal property subject to criminal forfeiture)

Mississippi

$3,500

Missouri

$5,000

Montana

$7,000

Nebraska

$3,500 from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2015 (adjusted every five years based on the Consumer Price Index)

Nevada

$7,500

New Hampshire

$7,500

New Jersey

$3,000 ($5,000 for claims relating to security deposits); certain landlord-tenant suits cannot be brought

New Mexico

$10,000

New York

$5,000 ($3,000 in town and village courts)

North Carolina

$10,000

North Dakota

$15,000

Ohio

$3,000

Oklahoma

$7,500

Oregon

$10,000

Pennsylvania

$12,000

Rhode Island

$2,500

South Carolina

$7,500

South Dakota

$12,000

Tennessee

$25,000; no limit in eviction suits or suits to recover personal property

Texas

$10,000

Utah

$10,000

Vermont

$5,000

Virginia

$5,000

Washington

$5,000

West Virginia

$5,000

Wisconsin

$10,000; no limit in eviction suits

Wyoming

$6,000

*Check your state's website for any special rules or exclusions.

For the information, tips, and strategies you need to sue someone successfully in small claims court, see Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, by Ralph Warner (Nolo).

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