A person can file a claim in small claims court if he/she has a dispute involving a $5.000 or less 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:
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:
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).
ARKANSAS SMALL CLAIMS COURTS
Sebastian County Courts Complex
901 South B Street, Suite 105
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: (479) 784`2420
The Small Claims Division holds court on Wednesdays
Baxter County District Court - Small Claims Civil Division
206 W 8th Street
Mountain Home, AR 72653-4344
Phone: (870) 425`8910
Small Claims Court - County Of Garland
607 Ouachita Avenue # 150
Hot Springs, AR 71901-3921
Phone: (501) 321`6763
CONSUMER PROTECTION DIVISION:
Phone: (501) 682`2341
Toll Free: (800) 482`8982 (statewide)
Fax: (501) 682`8118
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