The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $5,000.
Small claims cases in Virginia are heard in the Small Claims Division (District Court).
For information on Virginia'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.
You are not allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Virginia. If a defendant wants attorney representation, then a request can be made to transfer the case from the general small claims division.
Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Virginia, but must be heard by a higher court.
In Virginia, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court, except on appeal, if requested.
For more information about Virginia small claims court, see www.courts.state.va.us/courts/gd/home.html.
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