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Court Rules for Each State

Use these States' *rules to determine where to file your small claims case, how to serve the official court papers and how much money you can win in Small Claims Court!

Small Claims Court!

State

Maximum Allowed

Name of Court

Where to Sue

Who Serves Papers

Alabama

$3,000

District Court

District where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Process Server

Certified Mail

Alaska

$7,500

Small Claims Court

Court Nearest Defendant

Peace Officer (recommended)

Process Server

Certified Mail through Clerk

Arizona

$2,500

Small Claims Division of Justice of the Peace Court

Court Nearest Defendant

Sheriff (recommended)

Process Server

First Class or Certified Mail

Arkansas

$5,000

Small Claims Division of Municipal Court

Where Defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Process Server

Certified Mail

California

$5,000

Small Claims Court

District where Defendant lives or lived when promise was made

Disinterested Adult

Certified or Registered Mail

Colorado

$5,000

County Court, Small Claims Division

County where defendant lives or works

Sheriff (recommended)

Disinterested Adult

Certified or Registered Mail

Connecticut

$2,500

Small Claims Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Regular Mail through Clerk

Delaware

$15,000

Justice of the Peace

Anywhere in the State

Sheriff (recommended)

Coroner, Deputy Sheriff

District of Columbia

$5,000

Superior Court or Small Claims Court

Only One Location in State

US Marshall

Disinterested Adult

Certified or Registered Mail

Florida

$5,000

County Court Summary Procedure Division

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Process Server

Certified or Registered Mail

Georgia

$15,000

Magistrate Courts

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Marshall of Court

Deputy Sheriff

Person appointed by court

Hawaii

$3,500

District Court; Small Claims Division

Judicial District where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Certified or Registered Mail

Person appointed by court

Idaho

$3,000

Small Claims Department of Magistrate's Division

County where defendant lives or where the claim arose

Sheriff (recommended)

Disinterested Adult

Illinois

$5,000

Small Claims Court

County where defendant lives or where the claim arose

Sheriff (recommended)

Process Server

Certified Mail

Indiana

$3,000

Small Claims Court

County where defendant lives or where the claim arose

Sheriff (recommended)

Person appointed by court

Registered or Certified Mail

Iowa

$4,000

Small Claims Court

County where defendant lives or where the claim arose

Peace officer (recommended)

Person appointed by court

Certified Mail

Kansas

$1,800

Small Claims Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Process Server

Certified Mail

Kentucky

$1,500

Small Claims Court

County where defendant lives

Bailiff appointed by court

Certified Mail

Louisiana

$2,000

Justice of the Peace

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Person appointed by court

Constable

Maine

$4,500

Small Claims Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Process Server

Maryland

$2,500

District Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Disinterested Adult

Massachusetts

$1,750

District Court

District where defendant or plaintiff lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Person appointed by court

Registered or Certified Mail

Michigan

$5,000

District Court

County where defendant lives or where the claim arose

Disinterested Adult

Minnesota

$7,500

Conciliation Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Disinterested Adult

Mississippi

$2,500

Justice Court

County where defendant lives or where the claim arose

Sheriff (recommended)

Disinterested Adult

Missouri

$3,000

Small Claims Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Process Server

Registered or Certified Mail

Montana

$3,000

Small Claims Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Disinterested Adult

Nebraska

$2,100

County Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Person appointed by court or authorized by law

Nevada

$3,500

Justice's Court for Small Claims

City where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Disinterested Adult

New Hampshire

$5,000

Small Claims Court

District where defendant or plaintiff lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Registered or Certified Mail

New Jersey

$2,000

Superior Court, Special Civil Division

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Person appointed by court

Sergeant at Arms

New Mexico

$5,000

Magistrate's Court: Small Claims Division

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Disinterested Adult

New York

$3,000

Small Claims Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Process Server

North Carolina

$3,000

Small Claims Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Process Server

North Dakota

$5,000

Small Claims Court

County where defendant lives

Disinterested Adult

Ohio

$3,000

Small Claims Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Person appointed by court

Oklahoma

$4,500

Small Claims Court of the District Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Person appointed by court

Process Server

Registered or Certified Mail

Oregon

$3,500

District Court: Small Claims Division

County where defendant lives

Disinterested Adult

Registered or Certified Mail

Pennsylvania

$5,000

Magistrate's Court

Where defendant can be served

Sheriff (recommended)

Rhode Island

$1,500

Small Claims Court of the District Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Town Sergeant

Registered or Certified Mail

South Carolina

$5,000

Magistrate's Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Disinterested Adult

South Dakota

$4,000

Small Claims Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Disinterested Elector of County

Registered or Certified Mail

Tennessee

$15,000

Court of General Session

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Process Server

Registered or Certified Mail return receipt requested

Texas

$5,000

Small Claims Court

Precinct where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Disinterested Adult

Utah

$5,000

Small Claims Division of Circuit Court

County where defendant lives or where claim arose

Sheriff (recommended)

Disinterested Adult over 21

Vermont

$3,500

Small Claims Court

County where defendant or plaintiff lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Person appointed by court

Process Server

Registered or Certified Mail

Virginia

$15,000

Small Claims Court in Fairfax and Arlington counties, Circuit Court in other counties

District where defendant lives or where claim arose

Officer (recommended)

Disinterested Adult

Washington

$2,500

District Court

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Disinterested Adult

West Virginia

$5,000

County Magistrate's Office

County where defendant lives or where claim arose

Sheriff (recommended)

Disinterested Adult

Wisconsin

$5,000

Small Claims Court

County where defendant lives or where claim arose

Disinterested Adult

Registered or Certified Mail

Wyoming

$4,000

County Court: Small Claims Division

County where defendant lives

Sheriff (recommended)

Disinterested Adult

Registered or Certified Mail