Local attorney briefly explains how the small claims court process works in Southern Utah. One thing of note is that, at the time of the video was shot, the maximum amount one could be awarded in small claims court in Utah was $10,000.00 (ten thousand). That amount has since been raised to $11,000 (eleven thousand).
The small claims court is set up to be simple. The point is to provide access to the law to people who have issues to deal with that are too small to justify hiring expensive lawyers and utilizing the standard litigation process required by the higher courts. Don't take that to mean that hiring a lawyer for your small claims case will not be helpful. It certainly will be. For example, our firm has an undefeated record in the Washington County Small Claims Court. That is not because it is easy, or because the local courts are biased in our favor. Rules of civil procedure and discovery still apply. If a form is filled out wrong, or papers are not served correctly, your case could be dead from the start. It is also not because we only take slam-dunk cases to trial. It is simply because we are willing to put an enormous amount of time and effort into each and every one of our cases- no matter how small the case may appear to some. We know that even a relatively small case is a huge deal to the person who is directly affected by it. We want to represent you as strongly as you would represent yourself if you had all our years of law school and experience. If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys about your potential small claims matter, give us a call. No case is too big or too small. At McMullin Injury Law, we get it, and we can help.
Washington County Utah - Small Claims Court
For complete information on how to handle a small claims matter on your own, check out the great resources at https://www.utcourts.gov/howto/smallclaims/
This article is offered only for general information and educational purposes. It is not offered as and does not constitute legal advice or legal opinion. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this article without first seeking the advice of an attorney.