The small claims court is specialized to deal with smaller monetary disputes that can be resolved faster with less need for investigation or litigation than claims like fraud, murder, embezzlement etc. Small claims court has simplified proceedings and hearings are less formal. Licensed paralegals regularly represent clients in small claims courts.
A small claim is limited to disputes for $25,000 or less.
Before you start a small claims action, you should determine whether it classifies as such. Small claims usually pertain to recovering security deposits, recovering unpaid rent from tenants, recovering unpaid services and recovering an unpaid debt from your neighbour or co-worker.
It all depends on the nature of your claim. If your case pertains to an automobile accident, you should file it in the jurisdiction where the defendant (the person who you are suing) lives. If the claim concerns a contract, it should be filed in the jurisdiction where it was signed.
Be sure to gather all pertinent documents. This may include receipts, tickets, photographs, license plate registration etc. The more evidence you can present for your case, the better. The judge will want to see any and all documents that may be relevant. Organize the documents so you can produce them whenever needed. Make sure to make several copies of all the documents for the court.
Always take your cues from the judge. Don’t ramble on. Answer clearly and concisely. It is best to practice in front of the mirror for any questions you may think you will be asked. Do not interrupt the judge. Finally, make sure that you have the documents that back up your answers; do not say anything which contradicts the documents you present.