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What will my day in court be like?
Small Claims proceeding are conducted informally by the judge. You should be prepared when you arrive for your hearing to clearly explain your side of the case. Bring whatever evidence, papers, documents, or other material you need to prove or support your case. The defendant will be allowed to present their side of the case to the judge. If the defendant has filed a counterclaim against you, that may be heard at the same time.

Depending on the circumstances, the judge may either make a decision immediately after hearing both sides, or may continue the case to another date. If the defendant was served and does not show up for the hearing, the judge may declare the defendant in default and award judgment to the plaintiff.

Once the judge has announced a decision in a case, the Small Claims procedure is over. It is up to you to collect what is owed to you if you win. If you lose, an appeal may be filed in District Court. Appeals do cost more money since they involve payment for another filing fee, legal advice from an attorney etc.

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1. What is required to file a small claims case?
2. Who can be sued in Small Claims Court?
3. How do I file a claim?
4. What do I do after the claim is filed?
5. What will my day in court be like?
6. What do I do to collect my money or property?
7. How do I appeal a case?
8. What if I am being sued in Small Claims Court?
9. Where do I get the forms?
10. What if I have other questions?