The small claims court is a department of the Circuit Court. The small claims court is intended to promote an informal, prompt and economical resolution of claims involving $10,000.00 or less. Anyone may use small claims court; and attorneys may represent parties only with special permission from the court.
All small claims cases will be scheduled for mediation orientation. At the orientation, the parties will be given the opportunity to mediate with a court-trained mediator. Mediation brings both sides together to discuss the dispute with a neutral person. If the parties are unable to reach agreement, the case will proceed to hearing.
Please read the small claims procedures pamphlet before filing papers with the court. Please contact the small claims clerk or your attorney if you have further questions. The small claims clerk cannot give you legal advice.
Small Claims Mediation Orientation (Video)