A person can file a claim in small claims court if he/she has a dispute involving a certain amount of money with another person, company or government agency.

The amount that could be recovered is limited, and it varies from state to state (usually from $1,500 to 10,000 Dollars.)

Most common claims in small claims courts involve:

  • Auto Accidents - Someone dents your vehicle and refuses to pay for the repairs.
  • Small Loans - Someone refuses to pay you back the money he/she borrowed.
  • Defected New Products - Your new chair breaks but the store will not fix it or return your money.
  • Poor Services Rendered - A dry cleaning company ruins your favorite dress and will not pay for or replace it.
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues - The property owner or landlord refuses to return your security deposit, even after certifying the place was left in in good condition.

Things to bring to court:

Original copies of all papers you need to help prove the case (contracts, letters, rental agreements, canceled checks, deeds, repair bills, IOUs, diagrams, written damage estimates, photographs or even drawings.)

2 photocopies of every original document. (one for the defendant, one for the court)

The piece of clothing or the appliance damaged by the defendant, if that's the case.

Any witness that could help the case. Some judges allow notarized statements by witness that cannot appear in court.

Small Claims Courts Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. (If not, a guardian appointed by the court will sue for the minor.)
  • Be of sound mind or mentally competent. (If not, a guardian appointed by the court will sue for the incapacitated.)
  • United States citizen and non-citizens can use the small claims court.
  • There are no juries in small claims courts.
  • No objections are allowed.
  • Either the plaintiff (the person who is suing) or the defendant (the person being sued) are allowed to speak with an attorney before coming to court, but lawyers are not allowed in the court with you. You must be a Pro Se litigant (represent yourself.)

Hearing dates are usually set on some evenings or on Saturday (once a month.)

Hearing is scheduled within 40 days in most cases (up to 70 days if one litigant does not live in the same county).


Hale County Small Claims Court 1001 Main St Greensboro, AL 36744-1572 Phone: (334) 624`4334

Choctaw County Small Claims Court 117 S Mulberry Ave Ste 10 Butler, AL 36904 Phone: (205) 459`2155

Conecuh County Small Claims Court 409 Belleville St Evergreen, AL 36401-3022 Phone: (251) 578`2066

Marion County Small Claims Court 132 Military St S Hamilton, AL 35570-5594 Phone: (205) 921`0628

Marshall County Small Claims 424 Blount Ave Guntersville, AL 35976-1102 Phone: (256) 571`7761

Bullock County Small Claims Court 217 Prairie St N Rm 112 Union Springs, AL 36089-1600 Phone: (334) 738`2280

Chilton County Small Claims Court 2 Avenue N Clanton, AL 35045 Phone: (205) 755`4275

Coffee County Small Claims 230 Court Ave Elba, AL 36323-1718 Phone: (334) 897`2954

Crenshaw County Small Claims Court 301 S Glenwood Ave Luverne, AL 36049-2006 Phone: (334) 335`4538

Houston County Small Claims Court 114 N Oates St Dothan, AL 36303-4508 Phone: (334) 677`4858

Macon County Small Claims Court 101 E Rosa Parks Ave Tuskegee, AL 36083-1735 Phone: (334) 724`2614

Madison County Alabama Small Claims Court 200 Court House Sq Huntsville, AL 35801 Phone: (256) 532`3380

Sumter County Small Claims Court 115 Franklin St. Livingston, AL 35470 Phone: (205) 652`2291

Randolph County Small Claims Court 1 Main St. S Wedowee, AL 36278 Phone: (256) 357`4775

Limestone County Small Claims Court 200 W Washington St. Athens, AL 35611 Phone: (256) 233`6406

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