The small claims court process is not only convenient, it also provides court access to people who don't have the resources to afford a costly legal battle. Even so, you still must follow court rules and procedures when filing your case. And, when it's time for trial, you'll need to put on evidence, or, if you're being sued, present a defense.
State-Specific Small Claims Information
Click below for overviews of small claims rules in the following states.
Here are a few preliminary—yet essential—questions that you might not know to ask, along with resources for locating the answers.
Keep in mind that you'll need to do more than just fill out and file a complaint (the paperwork that starts the lawsuit). You'll also need to:
If you're not sure where to start, try reading When Should You Sue?
If you're the defendant, you'll need to know your rights and how to defend yourself in a small claims trial. A good place to start is by reading If You Get Sued in Small Claims Court.