What follows is a brief but informative summary of rules, procedures, and filings requirements for small claims court in New Hampshire. 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 $5,000.

Where Suit May Be Brought: Where plaintiff or defendant resides. Nonresident defendants may be sued where breach or injury occurred.

Proper Manner of Service of Process upon Defendant: Service may be made by certified mail sent by court or other court approved method with return receipt, sheriff or constable.

How the Hearing Date Is Selected: At least 14 days from service.

Attorney Representation Rule: Attorneys are allowed.

Special Provisions Regarding Transfer or Jurisdiction of Cases: If either party requests a jury trial or if claim plus counterclaim exceeds $2,500, the case shall be tried in superior court.

Availability of Appeals: By either side for review of law, not facts to Supreme Court within 30 days.

Special Rules and Notes: No real estate cases.

Legal Rate of Interest: 7.6%

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