Dollar Limit: $5,000.
Where To Sue: Where defendant resides or injury occurred. For contracts, where performance expected. Corporation resides where it does business.
Service: Certified mail.
Hearing Date: Set by court.
Attorneys: Not allowed.
Transfer: If party represented by an attorney or if defendant files compulsory counterclaim for more than $5000, case tried under regular civil procedure of Municipal Court.
Appeals: By either side for new trial; to Circuit Court within 30 days.
Special Provisions: No jury trial. Collection agents and commercial lenders may not sue. Right to sue may not be transferred.
Note: This section outlines the special rules that apply to the small claims courts of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Filing fees are not listed because they vary greatly and change frequently. Because court rules may change at any time, always check with the clerk of the small claims court to verify the accuracy of the information given for your state.