Virginia Small Claims Court: An Overview

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

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

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $5,000.

Which court hears small claims cases in Virginia?

Small claims cases in Virginia are heard in the Small Claims Division (District Court).

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

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.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Virginia?

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.

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

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

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

In Virginia, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court, except on appeal, if requested.

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

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

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