Small claims court is for regular people who want to take certain legal matters into their own hands. A small claims action allows an individual or business to be compensated by a party who has not performed according to an agreement or who had committed some wrongdoing.
Typically, one brings a dispute before the small claims court that may not be significant enough to retain an attorney or to bear the expense of a full-fledged court case.
The small claims department of the court is designated to settle legal issues and problems arising from contractual or service disputes or other claims.
The maximum amount one is able to recover in small claims court varies according to the state you file in and can range from $2,500 to $10,000.
A hearing date will be scheduled through the court. You and the person you sue will both be able to tell the judge your side of the story. You should bring all the evidence you want to present to the judge with you. The judge will listen to both sides and then make a decision.