What follows is a brief but informative summary of rules, procedures, and filings requirements for small claims court in Alaska. Keep in mind that rules and laws change. It’s always a good idea to confirm the rules with the court or with further research.

Maximum Jurisdictional Dollar Amount: The maximum dollar amount is $10,000.

Where Suit May Be Brought: Case may be brought where the defendant resides, is employed, or where injury or property damage occurred.

Proper Manner of Service of Process upon Defendant: Service may be made by certified or registered mail (binding on defendant who refuses to accept), peace officer, or court-appointed individual.

How the Hearing Date Is Selected: Not less than 15 days from service.

Attorney Representation Rule: Attorneys are allowed and are required for assignees (collection agencies).

Special Provisions Regarding Transfer or Jurisdiction of Cases: Either the defendant or a plaintiff against whom a counterclaim has been filed, or the judge may transfer case to regular district court.

Availability of Appeals: For claims over $50, either litigant may appeal for a review of law but not of the facts to Superior Court within 30 days.

Special Rules and Notes: Injunctive relief is available. Defendant must file written answer within 20 days of service or lose by default. Arbitration may be ordered in counterclaim for less than $3,000. The court may order installment payments. No cases against the state.

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