Does the Small Claims Court Function Similar to What Is Seen On TV?

The Small Claims Court Is a Genuine Court of Law As a Division of the Superior Court of Justice and Functions Far Differently Than What Is Observed By Watching Television Court Shows. The Small Claims Court Operates With a Unique Set of Procedural Rules. The Dispute Specific Substantive Law Is the Same As Applies In the Higher Court.

Understanding Why It Is the Small Claims Court Rather Than the Simple Cases Court Requires Appreciation of Legal Formality

Lawsuit Document A case in the Small Claims Court may involve legal issues that are just as complicated, and sometimes even more complicated, than a case in the higher court that handles matters above the $35,000 limit applicable to Small Claims Court (the limit of $35,000 became effective January 1 2020).  Do note that court costs and legal representative costs, are exclusive from the $35,000 limit.

The Procedural Law

Just the same as with cases for sums beyond the $35,000 limit that are pursued in the higher court, a case in the Small Claims Court will involve the procedural law regarding the rules for the process of how a legal matter is conducted as well as the substantive law that applies to the actual legal issue in dispute.  The procedural law is known as the Rules of the Small Claims Court which is essentially the general how to manual for the process of conducting a Small Claims Court case including what documents, being specific forms, are required as well as the step-by-step manner by which a legal case in the Small Claims Court occurs.

Additional Resources:

For sources of further helpful information regarding the rules of procedure and forms applicable to the Small Claims Court, see:

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Rules of the Small Claims Court
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Forms of the Small Claims Court

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