The small claims process
The small claims process is an easier way to take someone to court. It’s for when you think the other side owes you less than $10,000 (or $5,000 if you’re suing as a business).
Select any step to see instructions and get forms
1. Before you start
See if small claims is right for your situation.
2. Start a small claims case
Get forms and instructions to start a case, file papers, and serve the other side.
3. Go to your court date
The judge listens to both sides, looks at evidence, and decides who wins or loses the case.
4. After the trial
Find out how to collect money or your options if you owe money.