Small Claims

State Links

Alaska

Alaska Small Claims Handbook (Forms Committee, Alaska Supreme Court, February 2004). See also small claims forms online.

Arizona

Arkansas

Small Claims Court in Arkansas: FAQ and sample forms.

California

California courts offer extensive self-help resources, many of which are targeted at an audience of small claims litigants. Moreover, many counties have a small claims advisor, who provides consultation via telephone. Below is a listing of general statewide resources, as well as links to individual superior court small claims divisions by county. I-CAN LEGAL is an interactive site that helps litigants fill out the necessary forms.

Self-Help Center: Small Claims. Guide to procedures, mediation, collection, links, forms, etc.

California Department of Consumer Affairs

Amador County Superior Court, Small Claims Division: introduction, how to file, jurisdiction, court clerk’s role, what to expect, links, and information for defendants.

Calaveras County Superior Court, Small Claims Information: (click on “small claims” on the menu to the left). Contacts, self-help, forms.

Contra Costa Superior Court, Small Claims Court: general information, contacts, how to obtain forms.

Fresno Small Claims information: contacts, resources, lawyer and mediation referral, forms, etc. from the statewide Self-Help Center.

Glenn County Small Claims Information: overview, how to file a claim, monetary limits, small claims advisor, court clerk’s role, links to self-help sites, what to expect, information for defendants, FAQ.

Humboldt County Small Claims Advisory Services: contacts, lawyer referral, law library.

Inyo Superior Court, Small Claims Division: overview, filing a claim, hearings, information for defendants and plaintiffs, monetary limits, court clerk’s role, what to expect, contacts.

Kern County Superior Court, Small Claims: introduction, interpreter information, special accommodations, night court, filing a claim, fees, forms, legal advice, resources.

Lake County Small Claims Information: hours, contacts, links.

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Small Claims: overview, filing, rules, contact for small claims court advisor.

Mendocino County Superior Court, Small Claims: clerk information, forms and filing, fees, assistance, calendar, local rules, contacts, hours.

Modoc County Superior Court, Small Claims Court: basic information about case types, contacts, location, etc.

Mono County Superior Court, Small Claims: process, advisor, EZLegal File link.

Napa Small Claims Court: jurisdictional amounts; contact information; procedure; links; service of process.

Nevada County Superior Court Small Claims Information: requirements, fees, procedures, fictitious business name instructions, suing a business or corporation, suing government agencies, attorney-client fee disputes, methods of service, suing multiple defendants, how to request a continuance, list of things to consider before filing or defending a suit.

Placer County Superior Court, Civil and Small Claims: introduction, contacts, filing information, service of process, resources.

Plumas County Small Claims information: hours, advisor contact, mediation, law library, court website.

Riverside County Small Claims information: forms, contacts, overview, advisor contact.

Sacramento County Superior Court, Small Claims: process, location and hours, mediation, e-filing, Sacramento Small Claims Advisory Clinic, links, exhibits.

San Benito County Small Claims information: hours, contacts, website.

San Bernardino County Small Claims information: contacts, hours, advisors, law library.

San Diego Superior Court, Small Claims Court: overview, filing a claim, post-judgment proceedings and appeals.

San Francisco Superior Court, Small Claims Division: contacts, jurisdiction, forms, interpreter information, advisor contact, links.

San Joaquin County Superior Court, Small Claims: overview, filing, rules, fee waiver information, advisor, e-filing, resources, post-judgment information.

San Mateo County Superior Court, Small Claims: allows parties to complete forms online. Also includes local forms, information, mediation, how to prepare claim, how to file, how to serve, how to change a date, how to appeal, collection, advisory workshops, glossary, and other resources.

Santa Clara Superior Court, Small Claims: fees, self-service, case info, links to state resources.

Stanislaus County Superior Court, Small Claims: overview, statutes, basic procedure, fee schedule, state resources.

Yolo County Superior Court, Small Claims: contact, location, FAQ, handbook, fees, and forms.

Colorado

Local Small Claims Practices page includes a link to the Small Claims Handbook.

Connecticut

In Connecticut, small claims court is part of the Civil Division of the Superior Court.

DC

DC Superior Court contains location, hours, contacts, jurisdiction, FAQ.

Delaware

Delaware Justice of the Peace, Small Claims Guide

Florida

Alachua County (Eighth Circuit): Small claims court information includes overview, definitions of legal terms, procedure, how to fill out forms, mediation information, collection, and help on how to use the pro se site.

Brevard County small claims forms.

Charlotte County: Summary Claims information includes jurisdiction, documents that litigants must bring to court, contacts. 

Citrus County: forms. (Click on “courts” and “small claims.”)

Clay County: small claims overview, evaluating a claim; filing, procedures.

Collier County: small claims FAQ, online calculator.

Escambia County: Small claims commonly asked questions.

Flagler County: Small claims procedures, jurisdiction, collections, filing, etc.

Gilchrist County: Information about small claims procedures

Hernando County: County Civil Department. Includes jurisdiction, hours, contact, worksheet, statement of responsibility, statement of claim.

Lake County: Small claims FAQ, fees, office location and phone number, handbook, “how-to” for various steps in the procedure of a small claims case.

Lee County: Small claims forms.

Levy County: Small claims court information includes jurisdiction/overview, when and where to file, pretrial hearing, trial, how to collect a judgment, worksheet, and FAQ.

Manatee County: Small claims information includes forms, fees, overview, and contacts.

Marion County: Summary claims (small claims) page includes information about filing, service, pretrial, mediation, judgments, and settlement.

Martin County: Small claims page includes information about filing fees, court costs, how to file, FAQ about procedures, and links to forms.

Miami-Dade: Small claims court information includes overview/jurisdiction, telephone numbers, and procedure.

Monroe County: Small claims FAQ, contacts.

Okaloosa County: Small claims FAQ includes schedule of service charges and information about mediation, as well as basic procedure in a small claims case.

Osceola County: Small claims information includes FAQ.

Palm Beach County: Small claims information includes filing fees, overview, locations, hours, etc.

Pasco County: Small claims information includes overview/jurisdiction, the role of the clerk, requirements to file, all necessary forms and documents, filing fees, costs, how to pay fees and costs, how to collect a judgment, contacts, and directions.

Pinellas County: Small claims information includes FAQ on procedure, how to collect a judgment, schedule of fees, and contacts.

Polk County: Small Claims Court FAQ.

St. John’s County: Small claims information includes downloadable guide, forms, instructions, and affidavits.

Seminole County: FAQ about civil cases includes information about small claims (scroll down to reach section).

Volusia County: Small claims page includes overview, procedure, definitions, role of the clerk, contacts, collections, forms, filing requirements, schedule of service charges, and other information.

Walton County: Small claims page includes jurisdiction, filing fees, location, instructions for filing, procedure, suggestions for collecting money judgments, and satisfaction of judgment.

Georgia

Small claims cases are heard in Magistrate Courts. Magistrate Court forms (although these are not all small claims) are available by county.

Chatham County Magistrate Court: Handy guide to small claims court, including how to collect judgment, settlement, and “important things to remember.”

Hawaii

Hawaii District Court: Small Claims Court information includes brochure, forms, and overview.

Idaho

Small Claims in Idaho” online video available in English or Spanish.

Sixth Judicial District Court: offers forms and instructions for small claims.

Illinois

Gives general information about the small claims process.

Offers forms and general information.

Indiana

Gives rules on small claims court.

Offers explanation of the process.

Explanation of how small claims court works.

Iowa

Explaining rules and procedures of representing yourself in small claims cases.

Gives forms.

Kansas

Explains what the small claims court does and gives forms.

Kentucky

Small claims handbook.

Louisiana

Explaining how to use the Baton Rouge Small Claims Court and answering frequently asked questions.

Maine

The State of Maine Judicial Branch provides a web site that with small claims court forms and a guide to small claims court proceedings.

Maryland

District Court of Maryland's "How to File a Small Claim" publication shows how to file a claim and answers FAQs.  The Civil Actions - Relating to Money link on the District Court's website also provides information on collecting a small claim judgment and wage garnishment.

Massachusetts

Explains the small claims court process and gives listing of all small claims courts in the state.

Michigan

Gives self-help explanations of small claims court process.

Minnesota

MN Courts Self-Help Center (statewide service) includes basic information, forms, and other resources on Conciliation Court actions in Minnesota.

Gives basic information and forms about conciliation court (small claims) in the 4th Judicial District Court in Hennipen County,   


Explains what Conciliation Court is and the fees paid in Stearns County.

A User's Guide to Small Claims Court from the Office of Attorney General.   


Mississippi

Justice Court handles all civil jurisdiction up to $2,500.

Briefly explains small claims court process in Hinds County.

DeSoto County Justice Court handles all misdemeanors and small claims cases.

Missouri

The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers' Section publishes the Missouri Small Claims Handbook.

Montana

Montana State Bar Association gives general information about small claims courts in the state and gives the phone number to the lawyer referral service.

Nevada

Clark County Court's (including Las Vegas) website giving general information on the courts as well as FAQs and providing forms.

This site provides detailed information on the small claims courts in Clark County, discussing filing forms and fees.

New Hampshire

Gives basic information on small claims courts: why to file, where to go, what to do. This site also provides forms for consumer complaints.

New Jersey

Explains what claims can typically be filed as well as other FAQs.

This is a real property tax small claims handbook providing general information both in English and Spanish.

New Mexico

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court provides a brochure, "Collection of a Judgment."

New York

Gives general information on small claim courts, including small and commercial claims, court fees and community outreach.

North Carolina

Providing basic information, including fees, amount in dispute must be $4,000 or less, as well as how to file a claim.

Gives general information on the court as well as a link to the state’s Legal Aid for more information.

North Dakota

The amount in dispute must be $5,000 or less, also provides general information.

This website has the forms needed to file a claim.

Ohio

Ohio Judicial Conference. "Small Claims Court: A Citizens Guide." Columbus, OH: Ohio Judicial Conference and Ohio State Bar Foundation, 2006.

Types of cases heard in small claims court.

Oklahoma

General information from the Oklahoma State Bar Association .

Lists fees.

Oregon

Explains the procedures in small claims court.

Pennsylvania

Informational pamphlet on small claims court in Philadelphia.

Rhode Island

Sharing information like the rights of plaintiff and defendant.

South Carolina

General information on Charleston County’s magistrate's court.

South Dakota

Provides basic information.

Tennessee

Tennessee Bar Association's general information on small claims procedure.

Texas

Comprehensive FAQ of small claims court in Williamson County.

Utah

Background information and answers some questions on small claims court procedure.

Utah codes on small claims court.

Vermont

Explains to the public what the small claims court does as well as giving FAQs.

Virginia

Comprehensive site on small claims court procedure.

Washington

FAQs and brochure.

Self-help information.

West Virginia

Provides general information on Magistrate Courts (Small Claims Courts).

Gives some background on Magistrate Courts.

Some self-help information.

Wisconsin

Basic information on small claims court .

The Dane County Circuit Court provides a link to the Guide to Small Claims Court.

Basic information as well as what can be done in the event the defendant does not pay what is awarded to the plaintiff by the judgment.

Wyoming

General information on Small Claims