SMALL CLAIMS COURT
Small claims court is a special division of the justice court. Small claims court is designed to help parties who do not have attorneys resolve their disputes quickly and inexpensively. In small claims court, claims must be less than $10,000. Small claims judges can only award money judgments. That means the judge can only order the other side to pay money (up to $10,000). The judge cannot order the other side to do something (like return a car or a dog) or stop doing something (like playing loud music).
Generally, the “parties” (the person suing and the person being sued) in small claims court represent themselves. This is called appearing "pro se" or "in proper person." Attorneys are allowed in small claims court. But the winning party in a small claims case cannot collect attorney's fees from the losing party. So a party who hires an attorney will be responsible for paying that attorney. Because parties generally represent themselves, the procedures and rules of evidence in small claims court are more relaxed than in ordinary justice court.
FYI! The Las Vegas Justice Court small claims procedures and forms are different than the other justice courts in Clark County.
Frequently Asked Questions
I want to sue someone, should I file a Small Claims case?
Small Claims court is designed to help parties to solve their dispute quickly and without the assistance of the attorney.
Can I appear virtually for my hearing?
Yes, with authorization from the Court. You must file a Motion for Telephonic Appearance at least 2 judicial days prior to the hearing.
Can someone else appear on my behalf?
No, someone else cannot appear on your behalf. Only an attorney can represent you in Court.
Can an attorney appear with me in Court?
Yes, you can have legal counsel present with you in Court.
Can I bring witnesses to Court?
Yes, you may bring witnesses to testify on your behalf at the trial.
Source: Clark County, Nevada Justice Courts
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