Small claims court offers ordinary people the chance to resolve small disputes at a low cost and without a lot of complication. With a little education, you can represent yourself from start to finish in small claims court. Learn how here.
50-State Chart of Small Claims Court Dollar Limits
Find the small claims court dollar limits for any state.
Overview of Small Claims Rules
How does small claims court work in my state?
Small Claims Statutes of Limitations
Know the time limits for filing a lawsuit (statutes of limitations) in your state.
What Types of Cases Can Be Resolved in Small Claims Court?
Determine whether your case is eligible for small claims court.
If You Get Sued in Small Claims Court
If you find yourself at the wrong end of a lawsuit in small claims court, here are your options.
Offering Witness Testimony in Small Claims Court
Gather and prepare your evidence in advance of going to small claims court.
What Evidence to Bring to Court
Win your small claims case by bringing the right evidence to court. Here are some ideas to consider.
Presenting Your Testimony and Evidence in Small Claims Court
Impress the judge by keeping your comments and paperwork in good order.
Appealing a Small Claims Court Case
The legal skinny on whether (and when) you can appeal your small claims case.
Small Claims Court FAQ
Rules and strategies for bringing your dispute to small claims court.
Mediate Your Small Claims Case
Learn the basics of settling your small claims case through mediation.
Can I split up my small claims court lawsuit to avoid the dollar limit?
Cases you can file more than 1 lawsuit for one instance.
Should the defendant pay me for time I must spend in court?
Are personal expenses for taking time off from work to pursue my case in small claims court a recoverable cost in the case?
How do I get money back from a credit-card borrowing friend?
Here are ways you can recover your money.
Can I sue for bad dental work in small claims court?
My dental work had to be repaired because of the poor workmanship of my former dentist. Can I file a claim in small claims court -- seeing as how I had to pay for the same crowns twice?
I won my case, now where's my money?
I won a judgment in small claims court, but the defendant hasn't yet paid it -- and it's now more than 30 days later. How can I collect?
Can I sue a groomer who burned my dog's tail?
Can the grooming fee be recovered?
Can a germ-spreading pet store be made to pay the vet bills?
If the pet store doesn't come through, you can sue in small claims court for the money due you.
Can I sue my ex-boyfriend for unwritten loans?
Am I legally entitled to any housing compensation or money for the loan, even though there was no written contract for either one?