The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $2,500.
Small claims cases in Rhode Island are heard in the Small Claims Court (District Court).
For information on Rhode Island'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.
In Rhode Island, the defendant must file a written answer either before or on date set for answering.
You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Rhode Island. Public corporations and private corporations with assets of $1 million or more are required to have attorneys.
Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Rhode Island, but must be heard by a higher court.
In Rhode Island, there is no provision for jury trials.
For more information about Rhode Island small claims court, see http://www.courts.ri.gov/Courts/districtcourt/Pages/Small%20Claims%20Court.aspx.
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