Your new refrigerator leaks and the company won’t take it back, the gardener cut down your favorite palm tree and won’t replace it or your cell phone company charged you twice as much and refuses to pay you back. These are all examples of small claims cases, which will ultimately be decided in the so called “people’s court.”
If you have a small claim to make and are looking for adequate counseling and legal representation, contact one of our small claim attorneys near you.
The small claims court is a part of the Superior Court where disputes between citizens, citizens and companies or citizens and government agencies can be litigated. Usually, there is a limited dollar amount of $3000 to $5000 dollars, which the claim can not exceed. Small claims cases follow simple rules of evidence in order to set the story straight, instead of complex rules of evidence, as they would apply in criminal cases, for example. In a small claims court, there is no right to appeal the outcome of the case.
All too often, people in small claims courts arrive without the proper materials necessary to decide the case. In case you enter a small claim court, you must be sure to bring the original copies of all papers involved in proving your case. At the same time, you should bring two photocopies of each, in case the court needs to keep a certain document for further deliberation.
If you have a small claim or if have any further questions regarding the people’s court, contact one of our small claim attorneys.
Lawyers are not allowed into a small claims court.
The people's court, or small claims court is striving for simplicity in order to find solutions to the multitude of claims made each year. For this reason, your lawyer won't be allowed into the courtroom. However, it is best to still consult with an attorney before you enter the courtroom, as this is what most people do. Your attorney can then prepare you for the court experience and "coach" you on how to best represent yourself while you are in court.