Colorado Small Claims Court: An Overview

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

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

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $7,500.

Which court hears small claims cases in Colorado?

Small claims cases in Colorado are heard in the County Court (Small Claims Division).

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

For information on Colorado'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.

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

In Colorado, the defendant must file a written answer on or before trial date. Note that it must be signed.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Colorado?

No attorneys are allowed except for pro se or if the person is an authorized full-time employee of the entity bringing or defending the lawsuit or is an active general partner (partnership), authorized active member (union), a full-time officer (corporation), or active member (association), of the entity that is a party to the lawsuit. If an attorney does appear as permitted above, the other party can have one also.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about Colorado small claims court, see http://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/file/Self_Help/smallclaimshandbook%20finaltocourt%204-11.pdf.

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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