What follows is a brief but informative summary of rules, procedures, and filings requirements for small claims court in Washington state. 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: Case may be brought where the defendant resides. A corporation is deemed to reside where it does business or has an office.
Proper Manner of Service of Process upon Defendant: Service may be made by certified or registered mail, sheriff, deputy, constable or disinterested adult.
How the Hearing Date Is Selected: The hearing date is set by the court.
Attorney Representation Rule: Attorneys are not allowed unless court consents.
Special Provisions Regarding Transfer or Jurisdiction of Cases: At judge’s discretion, following a hearing.
Availability of Appeals: Either litigant may appeal when the amount in dispute exceeds $250 for new trial to Superior Court within 30 days.
Special Rules and Notes: No injunctive relief is available in small claims court. Either party has the right to demand a jury trial.
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