The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $5,000.
Small claims cases in Washington are heard in the Small Claims Department (District Court).
For information on Washington'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 generally are not allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Washington. If however, the judge consents, or if the case was transferred from regular civil court, attorneys may be permitted.
Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Washington, but must be heard by a higher court.
In Washington, there is no provision for jury trials.
For more information about Washington small claims court, see http://www.courts.wa.gov/newsinfo/resources/?fa=newsinfo_jury.scc&altMenu=smal.
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