Small Claims Court 101 - Part 2 | Tessmer Law Firm
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Your case must be $10k or less and you don’t need a lawyer.

While Small Claims Court cases normally concern minor debts owed. Cases such as divorce, child custody, or claims filed by a collection agency are not allowed in Small Claims Court. The Small Claims Court cannot force a party to do something, or to cease doing something; it can only deal with monetary awards of $10,000.00 or less.


It is common for litigants in Small Claims Court to represent themselves in front of the judge. This is because the cost of hiring an attorney can quickly outweigh the benefits allowed by the money limit. Though uncommon, one is still allowed to hire an attorney for Small Claims Court.