Small Claims Court

Definition - What does Small Claims Court mean?

Small claims court is used to deal with cases in which there is a lower value under consideration. The maximum limit of small claims courts in the United States differs from one state to the next. The highest limit is $15,000 and the lowest is $1,500.

In all small claims courts, the plaintiff and defendant both have to show up in person and there is no further legal representation for either side. The court is designed to expedite smaller monetary value claims so that they do not clog up the court system.

Justipedia explains Small Claims Court

Small claims court is solely for non-criminal cases; debt recovery is its main purpose.

If a person ignores the judgment of the court, then the issue could turn into a criminal matter, since the losing party can be sued again to recoup the judgment.

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