Small Claims is part of District Court. It offers a cheaper, faster, and simpler process for smaller cases where you are suing only for money. Lawyers are allowed only with court permission. Claims are limited to $10,000 if a person files the case, and $5,000 for all other situations. If your claim is for more than that, you need to either drop the part of your claim in excess of that amount or file in District or Superior Court instead.
When you file a claim in Clark County, the parties are required to attend a mediation in an attempt to find a resolution before proceeding to trial.
If you win, the court will award you a judgment for a dollar amount. The court does not collect money for you. If the defendant does not pay, you can try to enforce the judgment and collect the money yourself. See the library's collecting a court judgment page for information about the two most common options for collection.
Forms and instructions
Forms are available from the District Court website or from the District Court office on the ground floor of the courthouse.
The State Court website has Small Claims forms (without instructions).
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