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A small claims case is a legal action filed in County Court to settle a claim or minor legal dispute in which demand for monies, or the value of property, does not exceed $5,000, excluding costs, interest, and attorney fees.
See the Small Claims County Filing Fees (PDF) reference for the proper fees.
The forms and documents needed to complete and/or provide to file your small claims case are: Statement of Claim and any documents relating to your case (such as: receipts, contracts, invoices, photographs, law enforcement reports, and promissory notes). For all documents you file to open your case, you must provide a copy for each defendant. The original document is maintained in the court file.
Florida Small Claims Rules permit the Clerk & Comptroller to provide general information and assistance in preparing a statement of claim and other documents needed to be filed in the action. The Clerk & Comptroller's Office will provide the necessary forms and instructions to file your claim. Please note: Florida law prohibits the Clerk & Comptroller from providing legal or financial advice.
A Writ of Garnishment is an order that allows a creditor to seize money owed to the judgment debtor by third parties
A Writ of Replevin is an order to recover personal property that has been wrongful taken or detained.
You may complete and file an Application for Determination of Civil Indigent Status with the Clerk & Comptroller, Civil Department. If found indigent, the filing fee will be waived. If you are found not indigent, you may enter into a Payment Plan Contract. The Payment Plan Contract allows you to pay the filing fee in smaller, monthly payments. A service fee of $25 will be added upon the entrance of the Payment Plan Contract.