small claims court

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small claims court

A court of limited jurisdiction, meaning it will not hear disputes larger than a certain dollar amount.It is usually intended to be fast,informal,and not dependent on technical rules of procedure or evidence that would give an advantage to persons with lawyers. Matters pertaining to title to real estate,rights of occupancy under leases,or requests for injunctions normally cannot be heard in small claims courts, but suits for real estate commissions, collection of unpaid rent, or minor property damage would be appropriate. Normally the losing party may appeal to a somewhat higher court and automatically obtain a completely new trial. Most states allow corporate officers or employees to represent the corporation in small claims court, even though this technically constitutes practicing law.

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The small claims track can also be used to obtain a court order quickly and cheaply to prevent further infringement.
The new small claims track covers claims up to pounds 5,000.
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The Small Claims Track, part of the new system, started last week.
is a guide to the new Small Claims Track - part of the new county court system in England and Wales which began operating last month.