What follows is a brief but informative summary of rules, procedures, and filings requirements for small claims court in Idaho. 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 $4,000.

Where Suit May Be Brought: Cases should be brought where the defendant resides or where breach or injury occurred.

Proper Manner of Service of Process upon Defendant: Service may be made by certified or registered mail with return receipt, sheriff or court-approved disinterested adult.

How the Hearing Date Is Selected: The hearing date is set by the court.

Attorney Representation Rule: Attorneys are not allowed.

Special Provisions Regarding Transfer or Jurisdiction of Cases: There is no provision.

Availability of Appeals: Either litigant may request a new trial within 30 days. New trial is assigned to new judge.

Special Rules and Notes: Jury trials are not available. Right to sue may not be transferred or assigned. The court cannot award punitive damages. The court cannot award damages for pain or suffering. Small claims court cannot hear eviction cases.

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