The person filing a small claims case is the Plaintiff.
The person or business you sue is the Defendant.
- How to Sue in Small Claims Court
- An overview from filing your case to collecting your judgment.
- Naming the Party You are Suing
- Learn how to correctly name the person or business you are suing and why it is important.
- Finding a Person or Business
- How to find a person or business you are suing.
- Find the right court at which to file your case.
- A list of fees charged by the court, the Sheriff and the Secretary of State.
- Filing Court Papers
- Find out your options for filing court documents.
- Serving Court Papers
- How to serve court papers on a person or business.
- Serving a Corporation
- Different rules apply when you serve court papers on a corporation.
- Suing the Government or a Public Agency
- Before you can sue, you must first file a claim with a government or public agency. You cannot sue the Federal Government in Small Claims Court.
- Get witnesses and documents to court.
- Bad Checks
- How to sue for payment of a bad check in Small Claims Court. If you want to add damages, you must first send a demand letter and calculate damages.
- Getting Ready For Your Day in Court
- After your case is filed, you should begin preparing for court. How to present your case in court.
- Check Your Case Status Online
- Get a case summary from the court online.
- Defendants who lose can appeal the decision and receive a new trial.
- Small Claims Advisor Service
- Free counseling and assistance.
- Mediation Services
- Resolve your dispute without going to court.