Michigan Small Claims Court: An Overview

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

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

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

Which court hears small claims cases in Michigan?

Small claims cases in Michigan are heard in the Small Claims Division, District Court.

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

For information on Michigan'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.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Michigan?

You are not allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Michigan.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about Michigan small claims court, see Michigan's 36th District Court's website.

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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