Step 1: Get and fill out your court forms
To start your small claims case, you need to get and fill out a:
NOTE: Contact the Small Claims Advisor in your area if you need help in deciding where to file your claim – or if you have other questions about your case. To find the Small Claims Advisor for your area, click here.
You may also need to fill out other forms.
Parents filing a case for their child must also fill out an:
An attorney or client in a fee dispute must fill out an:
Businesses must fill out a:
And, where there is a special relationship, or a corporation, LLC or partnership is involved, a person wanting to appear in court for either the plaintiff or defendant must ask the court to allow them do so by filling out an:
If you are not able to download these forms from this website, you can get the forms at your courthouse, photocopy them at your public library, or buy them at some bookshops.
You may want to work with someone, like a friend, while filling them out. It's going to take some time. Forms may be handwritten, but they must be printed neatly so other people can read them easily.
If a corporation, LLC or partnership is suing, a person authorized to file a claim must sign the form and include their title.
NOTE 1: The person who files the first papers is called the "plaintiff", and is listed as the plaintiff on all court forms connected with this court case until a judgment has been made.
The other person or business is automatically called the "defendant", and will always be listed on the court forms in this way until a judgment has been made.
If the defendant is a business or a corporation and you do not know the exact legal
To learn more about how to name the defendant, click here.
To view a short video called "Paperwork Basics" (forms), click here.