Please note that the information
presented is designed to provide you with basic information about filing
civil cases. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of an
attorney. The Judicial Branch is not responsible for any error or
omission on this web site.
Small Claims Matters
All actions, except libel and
slander, where the money damages claimed are not more than $5000 (Except that a renter can sue a landlord for more than $5000 if the case is for the return of a security deposit).
Includes matters involving summary
process, appeals from decisions of fair rent commissions, the
discrimination in the sale or rental of residential property, forcible
entry and detainer, violations of health and safety standards, security
deposits, back rent and damages.
Includes actions involving title to
land, trespass, foreclosure, mortgage redemption and liens.
Includes transactions in which a
person obligates himself or herself to pay for goods sold or leased;
services rendered; or money loaned for personal, family or household
Other Civil Matters