Questions tagged [small-claims-court]

Small Claims Court rules and procedures. Where they exist, Small Claims Courts typically only have jurisdiction over minor civil matters – e.g., claims under $25,000.

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What happens if a person does not pay for the sentence in a small claims court?

The Small Claims Court in California say that they cannot collect the value awarded by any sentence that they deliver. What happens to the defendant if he/she is sentenced to pay the plaintiff but ...
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Lemon Law: Do I have to let a manufacturer try to repair a Brand New Lemon?

I just bought a washer and drier, pretty expensive one ($2,000). It failed after 2 runs (YES TWO). It's brand new, and it's a piece of garbage (in terms of quality). So, I called to the store, they ...
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Does a text message count as an oral or written agreement?

This must depend on a state. Let's take some small state like Arkansas, or Michigan. (In my experience California, Florida, and Alaska are outliers :) . Other states have similar laws.) Arkansas is ...
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How can I enforce a judgement against an LLC owned by minors in PA?

How can I sue an LLC owned by minors in PA, after a court order to pay has been ignored? I sued an LLC I was renting a house from because I did not receive my security deposit back when I moved. I ...
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Organizer said I would be reimbursed if I didn't attend, but then changed their mind

This question is out of curiosity. I was going on a trip with a very informal group of people. I had given the organizer money (for transportation, housing, food etc.) but then had something come up. ...
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How do I know which District Court in my area to go to?

I see this list of district courts for my county: http://access.tarrantcounty.com/en/civil-courts/district-courts.html How do I know which one to go to? Can I just go to the closest one, or do I ...
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Landlord illegally copied drivers licences; already going to court, what should I ask for?

I'm not looking for personalized advice and I'm not looking for legal advice. Where I live it's illegal for a landlord to copy the tenants drivers license. A landlord may not collect, copy or use ...
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Serving evidence to ex-landlord and being able to prove it

I am trying to save money as I don't have much to spare. I need to serve the landlord with any documents that I serve the court. Typically this is done through registered mail, but this is expensive ...
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What is preventing a person from harassing another with ridiculous law suits?

If Bob doesn't like Bill what is preventing Bob from annoying Bill by constantly coming up with new, ridiculous, small claims against him? Just going to court and preparing evidence is very stressful. ...
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Taking a mid-size company to small claims court, by example (in NY)

Upstate NY here. I believe I am in the right to take a company to small claims court (for the sake of this question, it doesn't matter if I'm right or not). This company is registered as a 'Foreign ...
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In small claims court, can I sue for the time I spend putting together my case?

That is the time I spend gathering the necessary documentation and doing other things like filing at the court, going to court, collecting, etc., etc. I would be representing myself obviously.
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Can plaintiff or defendant questions judge - or it against the law?

I watch a lot of judge Judy and many of you know its irritating. When she say she cannot look into the evidence or she have so many other work to do .How can a judge behave like that to public ? ...
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Can suits be filed in small claims courts from overseas?

I often see freelancers suggesting to other freelancers to use the small claim courts to get paid when the client is in another country. Already with the small claim court, there's a maximum amount ...
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Which small claims court to use if paid by paypal?

I have had a monetary loss in Atlanta but I live in a state far from Georgia. Can I file in small claims court in my state (which would be convenient for me) or do I need to file in Atlanta (which may ...
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How much to sue for something intangible not being met

In BC there is a right to Quiet Enjoyment which is at least partly the responsibility of the landlord. If a tenant was forced to move out due to Quiet Enjoyment not being fulfilled, how much would ...
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Is there a website that describes how to (or actually does) search small claims court cases?

I would like to search small claims court cases by name of defendant in several locations in the USA. Is this possible? How could I go about doing that? Is there a website (free or paid) that does ...
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Relative efficacy of filing for embezzlement in superior court or for return of monies in small claims court

Assume that I have lost $1,000 due to embezzlement. What are the pros and cons and practicalities of trying to press charges of embezzlement vs going to small claims court to get the money back? For ...
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What to do if the defendant failed to follow the court order and send documents to other party

I started a claim against a photography company that failed to attend our engagement party and refused to pay us back. Last week I received a letter from the court saying that our claim is allocated ...
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Microsoft Support broke my Surface Pro 3

I sent my Surface Pro 3 for an under warranty exchange due to a battery issue. But Microsoft received it smashed and returned it to me and voided the warranty. I am now with a not working device and ...
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What exactly does it mean for a case to be dismissed?

A plantiff did not attend the hearing. Consequently the adjudicator dismissed his case. What does this mean? I roughly understand that it means the defendant is absolved of the charges and that the ...
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Who is liable the prior franchise owner, current franchise owner or franchise?

Say a 24 hour gym Franchise offers cancellation through email of their memberships. A cancellation email was sent but the membership was never cancelled and has been withdrawing dues for up to two ...
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Is there a (preferably free) way to search small claims court records in the UK?

I want to check up on a second hand car dealer in the UK to see if they've had any small claims court cases against them (and preferably the result of these cases). Is there any publicly available ...
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Can non-lawyers help people study law and do small claims?

Can a self-taught enthusiast in an unrelated occupation, without a law degree, without any sort of formal legal education nor bar admittance, help other people study law? What would be the ...
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In a three-party exchange, can one plaintiff represent both plaintiffs against a defendant, in small claims court?

As a follow-up to https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/917/can-texas-landlords-charge-administrative-fee-twice-thrice, suppose there's a high chance that a court would accept that it was NOT ...