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Small Claims Court

A Small Claims Court is a special court, which provides expeditious, informal, and inexpensive adjudication of small claims. Jurisdiction of such courts is usually limited to collection of debts and accounts. Proceedings are very informal with parties normally representing themselves.

Types of Small Claims Cases

  • Motor Vehicle Repair Cases
  • Motor Vehicle Purchase Cases
  • Cases Where Money Is Owed
  • Vehicle Accident Cases
  • Landlord-Tenant Cases
  • Small Business, Small Claims
  • Miscellaneous Cases

What you need to know before you start.

  • Do You Have a Case?
  • Can You Recover If You Win?
  • How Much Can You Sue For?
  • Is the Suit Brought Within the Proper Time Limits (Statute of Limitations)?
  • How to Settle Your Dispute
  • Who Can Sue?
  • Who Can Be Sued?
  • Where Can You Sue?
  • Plaintiff's and Defendant's Filing Fees, Court Papers and Court Dates
  • Serving Your Papers
  • The Defendant's Options
  • Getting Ready For Court
  • Witnesses
  • Presenting Your Case to the Judge
  • Judgment and Appeal
  • Collecting Your Money

FILING OF CIVIL, IMPOUND AND SMALL CLAIMS CASES

  1. General provision: Any civil or Small claims action brought in the King County District Court shall be filled in the division in which the defendant, or, if there be more than one defendant, where some of the defendants resides at the time the complaint is field or in which the defendant, or if, there be more than one defendant, where some one of the defendants may be served with the notice and the complaint in which later case, however, the defendant served must reside in King County. If the residence of the defendant is not ascertained by the reasonable efforts, the action may be filed in the division in which the defendant’s place of actual physical employment is located.

  2. An action for the recovery of damages for injuries to the person or for injuries to personal property arising from a motor vehicle accident may be field, at the plaintiff’s option, either in the division in which the cause of action arose, or in the in the division in which the defendant, or, if, there be more than one defendant, where some one of the defendants resides at the time the complaint is filed.

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