Georgia Small Claims Court: An Overview

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

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

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $15,000 (no limit in eviction cases).

Which court hears small claims cases in Georgia?

Small claims cases in Georgia are heard in the Magistrate Court.

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

For information on Georgia'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 Georgia, the defendant must file a written answer, or make a personal appearance, within 30 days to avoid default.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Georgia?

You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Georgia.

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

Eviction cases are allowed in small claims court in Georgia.

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

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

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

For more information about Georgia small claims court, see http://consumer.georgia.gov/consumer-topics/magistrate-court.

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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