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How A Case goes to Small Claims Court

How A Case Moves Through Small Claims Court

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This flowchart shows how a case moves through the Small Claims process.

Two parties have a dispute and one of them wants to sue the other.

 

Before pursuing the case, the potential Plaintiff should read Should I Sue? and Starting Your Action.

 

If the plaintiff decides to sue, the Plaintiff will prepare a Statement of Claim and take it to the court house for filing. A judge will sign a summons and the case will go to First Appearance, Case Management Conference, or TRIAL.

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FIRST APPEARANCE OR CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE - The Plaintiff will serve the summons and Statement of Claim on the Defendant. The Defendant Information document, a draft Reply, and First Appearance and Case Management Conference document will also be attached. The Plaintiff will receive a copy of the First Appearance and Case Management document as well.

TRIAL - The Plaintiff serves the summons and Statement of Claim on the Defendant. The Preparing for Trial document will also be attached. The Plaintiff will receive a copy of the Preparing for Triall document as well.

   

Parties go to FIRST APPEARANCE OR CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE. If no settlement is reached, the case proceeds to trial. The Plaintiff and Defendant receive Preparing for Trial document.

   
     

 TRIAL