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Small Claims in Different States

Updated: Oct 29, 2022

Map of the United States of America

Each state has its own version of a small claims court. Small claims cases are usually civil litigations (where money is the source of the dispute) below a certain dollar amount threshold. For example in California, a small claims case must be below $10,000. Small claims court is meant to be limited in procedures, and in many states, you can pursue a claim in small claims court without the need of a lawyer.

Below you will find resources to each state's small claims process and resources:



The quest for justice is never easy, particularly when it comes to getting your money back. However, thanks to advances in technology, it has become easier. Quest for Justice’s first app, JusticeDirect, is the only app of its kind designed to support people without lawyers resolve their dispute and get their money back, both in and out of court. The first step to getting money back is through a letter demanding payment from the other party JusticeDirect offers customizable demand letters for free. If the letter demanding payment does not work, then the next step is taking them to court. JusticeDirect* will guide users every step of the way through the small claims court process by helping them:

  1. Understand the legal process;

  2. Evaluate the pros and cons that come with taking someone to court;

  3. Generate small claims court forms; and,

  4. Avoid common mistakes when filing your forms and serving notice on the other side.

*Currently, JusticeDirect can only help litigants sue in California’s small claims court.

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