Alabama Small Claims Court: An Overview

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

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $3,000.

Which court hears small claims cases in Alabama?

Small claims cases in Alabama are heard in the Small Claims Docket (District Court).

How long does the defendant have to answer the small claims court complaint?

In Alabama, the defendant may file a written answer within 14 days to avoid default.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Alabama?

You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Alabama. A collection agency suing to collect a debt is required to have an attorney.

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

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

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

In Alabama, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court.

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

For more information about Alabama small claims court, see http://www.alabamalegalhelp.org/.

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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