Washington Small Claims Court: An Overview

Key facts about Washington's small claims court procedure.

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

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

Which court hears small claims cases in Washington?

Small claims cases in Washington are heard in the Small Claims Department (District Court).

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Washington?

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.

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

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

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

In Washington, there is no provision for jury trials.

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

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 and a Small Claims Court FAQ. 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).

Last updated on 10/01/09.


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