In Small Claims, the jurisdictional amount involved must be $10,000 or less for a natural person. A plaintiff requesting damages in excess of $5,000 or $10,000 may still file a small claim, but by doing so waives the right to recover anything in excess of the jurisdictional amount.
Small Claims is a venue where legal technicalities are relaxed. A person or business can easily navigate the legal process without hiring an attorney. There are no juries, and attorneys are not allowed to represent either party unless permission is granted by a judge.
Forms are provided by the Court. The clerk may assist the parties with the procedure, but are not allowed to give legal advice or to predict how the judge might rule in a given situation.
At the time of filing, the plaintiff must pay a filing fee of $50.00, which is non-refundable.
- Small Claims Information (PDF)
Community Mediation Services are available and offer guided communication for parties looking to resolve disputes. If you are interested or would like additional information, you can contact Community Mediation Services at (360) 334-5862 or visit their website.