Guide to Small Claims Proceedings in the District Court - Claims by Defendant Against Plaintiff

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Counterclaims (a request by a defendant for compensation from a plaintiff as part of a single case filing) are not allowed in a small claims case. If the defendant believes he or she has a claim of his or her own against a plaintiff, then the defendant must file a separate small claims case against the plaintiff. The defendant should ask the clerk to schedule both cases for the same hearing date.

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