Start a Small Claims Lawsuit
A small claim is a lawsuit for money damages up to $6,000. The return of property or the completion of services cannot be requested in a small claims case.
"Punitive damages" and money paid to gather evidence or attend court (travel expenses, lost wages, baby-sitting, parking, etc.) are not recoverable. Court costs and interest are added to the amount of the claim if a judgment is awarded. Magistrates hear small claims cases and there are no juries.