A state court that handles civil claims for small amounts of money. In small claims court, people often represent themselves instead of hiring an attorney.
A branch of the Municipal Court. The rules of this court forbid parties to be assisted by attorneys, dispense with most formal rules of evidence, and have all trials heard by judges. The monetary limit of cases before the court is $1,500. Back to the Top
An informal legal proceeding that can be used to settle disputes. Maximum amounts that can be claimed or awarded differ from state to state, but most small claims courts hear cases involving amounts from $25 to $2,000.