What happens after I file my small claims case?
  • After you file your small claims case, each person or business you are suing must be served with a summons or notice to appear in court on the date and time scheduled when you filed your claim. This court date will be a pretrial conference and you should be prepared to present your case in court.
  • At the pretrial conference, mediation is ordered if both parties to the dispute are present and unable to settle their dispute. A mediator acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. It is an informal and non-adversarial process with the objective of helping the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. In mediation, decision-making authority rests with the parties.
  • If the dispute cannot be settled at the pretrial conference, a trial date will be scheduled by the court for your case to be heard. You must appear at the trial with all witnesses and documentation of your claim.
  • At the trial, you will have an opportunity to explain your case to the judge, ask the person(s) you are suing any questions concerning your claim, present your documentation as discussed at the pretrial conference, and call on your witnesses to help explain your case.

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1. What is a small claims case?
2. Do I need a lawyer?
3. Who can file a small claims case?
4. What does it cost to file a small claims case?
5. What information do I need to file a small claims case?
6. Are there other requirements?
7. What happens after I file my small claims case?
8. Why use mediation?
9. Can I have a jury trial on my small claims case?
10. What happens to my case if a settlement is reached?
11. How can I collect my judgment?
12. Can I file a lien against the defendant's property?