- On October 27, 2017
Let’s start with the good news. It is not difficult to sue someone in small claims court. The rules are simple. But these rules need to be followed. The following is a summary of how to get your case before the small claims court judge.
How much can I sue for?
In Colorado, the limit you can sue for is $7500. Even if you are owed more than $7500, the judge cannot award any more than $7500. This does not include your court costs and interest. The court can award up to $7500 plus those costs to sue the defendant as well as the interest up to the judgment date. You are not entitled to receive attorney’s fees because attorneys are not allowed in small claims court.
What can I sue for?
In small claims court, you can sue for recovering money, getting back property, to force a party to perform on a contract. For example, you can sue your landlord who has failed to return your security deposit, the car mechanic who did more harm than good, the contractor who made a mess of your kitchen remodel, the former employer who failed to pay your wages, the guy who ran the red light and crashed into your 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass…the list goes on. You get the picture.
What is off limits in small claims court?
Even if your claim is for less than $7500, the court cannot hear matters that involve certain issues, such as libel or slander. The court cannot hear matters as to criminal issues, or matters involving traffic fines. The court cannot enter an injunction against a former boyfriend who continues to harass you on the telephone.
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