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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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The Kinds of Cases Not Heard in Small Claims Courts

Even though the monetary amount is right, some cases can’t be heard in small claims courts because other courts have jurisdiction, or power, over the specific topic. Before you decide to go with small claims, check to be sure that another kind of court isn’t the more appropriate place to go.
In particular, if your case grows out of a previous lawsuit, check to be sure that you aren’t supposed to go back to the original judge and court that the lawsuit was decided in.

Remember the Monetary Value

Again, the first thing to check is the value of the debt or loss, not including the fees you’ll have to pay the court. One way to try to get to a higher trial court is to include the value of things ...

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