Guide to Small Claims Proceedings in the District Court - Representation

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Any person over 18 years of age can bring a small claims case. If the person is under 18, a parent or legal guardian may bring a case on behalf of the minor. The defendant must also be age 18 or over. If the person being sued is under 18, the person must be represented by a legal guardian or parent.

If the defendant believes that the plaintiff owes him or her money, then the defendant can file a small claims case against the plaintiff if the amount does not exceed $6,000. The defendant can ask the clerk to schedule both cases for the same hearing date.

The plaintiff or defendant in a small claims proceeding may be represented by an attorney or may proceed without an attorney. A corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, or governmental entity may be represented by an officer or employee even though the employee is not an attorney. A spouse may not represent his or her spouse.


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