Addresses and information on District of Columbia small claims courts and filings.
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:
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).
DC SMALL CLAIMS COURTS
District of Columbia Small Claims Resource Center. 510 4th Street N.W Court Building B,Room 120 Washington D.C 20001 Phone:(202)-879`1120 Fax:(202)-508`1696
District of Columbia Small 500 Indiana Ave Nw Washington, DC 20001-2131 Phone:(202) 879`1133
Browne Francis C Judge Trial Ofc Us Court Of Claims 1 Thomas Cir Nw Washington, DC 20005-5802 Phone:(202) 382`2522
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