Indiana Small Claims Court: An Overview

What you need to know about Indiana's small claims procedure.

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

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $6,000.

Which court hears small claims cases in Indiana?

Small claims cases in Indiana are heard in the Small Claims Docket (Circuit Court, Superior Court, and County Court) or Marion County Small Claims Court.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Indiana?

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

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

Eviction cases are allowed in small claims court in Indiana, if total rent due does not exceed $6,000.

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

In Indiana, the defendant may request a jury trial within ten days following service of complaint upon submitting an affidavit stating questions of fact that require a jury trial. Once requested, the case is transferred from small claims to formal court. In Marion County, the defendant must file a jury duty request at least three calendar days before the trial date that appears on the complaint. Once filed, the case is transferred from small claims to superior court.

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

For more information about Indiana small claims court, see www.in.gov (type "Small Claims" in the search box) or www.small-claims-court.com/infomenu.html [Marion County].

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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