Small claims courts have often been referred to as “the people’s court.” This is because if an individual has a small claims case, they can represent themselves in court and do not need an attorney. Small claims cases are resolved between two private parties, generally without a jury.
Small claims cases are civil cases where the plaintiff is seeking a limited dollar amount. The exact dollar amount for small claims cases will vary from state to state. In Oregon, small claims cases involve claims of up to $7,500.00, whereas in California, the limit is $5,000.00, and Arizona’s limit is $2,500.00. However, it is important to remember that small claims courts are generally only available for cases involving a money judgment. So, for example, restraining orders typically would not be found in a small claims court.
Small claim courts can be a quick and easy way to resolve certain disputes. Most states provide very helpful manuals designed to assist people the process of a small claims case.
If you are looking for the records associated with a small claims case, there may not be a court called a “small claims court” for you to look to. The court associated with these records will vary from state to state and while some courts will name a “small claims court” or “small claims division,” others will not. Visit www.courtreference.com to find out where small claims cases are located in your state. Also, if your state does not have a specific “small claims court” or “small claims division,” the best option for searching for these types of records is to perform a search in the same manner you would search for any other court record, such as by party name or case number. �