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What is a Small Claim?

Small-claims courts have limited jurisdiction to hear civil cases between private litigants. Courts authorized to try small claims may also have other judicial functions, and go by different names in different jurisdictions. For example, it may be known as a county or magistrate’s court.

These courts can be found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, England and Wales, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

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A Small-Claims Court Generally Has A Maximum Monetary Limit To The Amount Of Judgments It Can Award, Often In The Thousands Of Dollars/Pounds.

By suing in a small-claims court, the plaintiff (you) typically waives any right to claim more than the court can award. The plaintiff may or may not be allowed to reduce a claim to fit the requirements of this venue – so you might have to plit the amounts based upon specific transfers. This means that if you lost $100,000 you probably could not sue, but if you lost $4,000 you probably could – you would have to review the limits in your locality.

To bring the case to small-claims court, the plaintiff must prove that actual damages are within the court’s jurisdiction (meaning you lost money where the court is – such as you sent the money from a local money transfer service or your local bank).

The rules of civil procedure, and sometimes of evidence, are typically altered and simplified to make the procedures economical in small claims court

A usual guiding principle in these courts is that individuals ought to be able to conduct their own cases and represent themselves without a lawyer.

Rules are relaxed but still apply to some degree.

Expensive court procedures such as interrogatories and depositions are usually not allowed in small-claims court, and practically all matters filed in small-claims court are set for trial. Under some court rules, should the defendant not show up at trial and not have requested a postponement, a default judgment may be entered in favor of the plaintiff immediately.

Trial by jury is seldom or never conducted in small-claims courts; it is typically excluded by the statute establishing the court.

Winning in small-claims court does not automatically ensure payment in recompense of a plaintiff’s damages. This may be relatively easy, in the case of a dispute against an insured party or corporation. The judgment may be collected through garnishment and liens.

In many countries what you receive from a judgment may also be tax-free – you would be advised to explore that with a tax professional.

Most courts encourage parties with disputes to seek alternative dispute resolution, if possible, before filing suit. For example, both parties can agree on arbitration by a third party to settle their dispute outside of court, though while small-claims court judgments can still be appealed, arbitration awards cannot.

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The Common Thread

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