What Is Small Claims Court?

How do you get someone to pay you the money she owes you or to return your personal property? In Virginia, these kinds of disputes and many others are handled by a special court. It's good idea for all Virginians to know a little about what "small claims court" is and how it works. More

Filing a Small Claims Suit

You have some work to do now that you've realized that the only you're going to get the money you're owed is to file a lawsuit in a Virginia small claims court. Filing a small claims suit means you have to know exactly who you're suing, have the right paperwork, and file the suit in the right court. More

Small Claims Trials

Now that your small claims lawsuit has been filed, it's time to start thinking about what happens when the case goes before a judge in a Virginia small claims court. It's important to know how the small claims trial process works and what you can do to help make sure that you win. More

Witnesses at a Small Claims Trial

It's time to get ready for the Virginia small claims court to decide if you win or lose tour case against the defendant. What can you do help make sure you win? Witnesses at a small claims trial can help support your claim or help the judge understand something technical about you case. More

After Small Claims Court

Your trial date in the Virginia small claims court is almost here and you have your documents and witnesses ready for the judge to decide the case. Now is a good to time to know what to expect after the small claims court has seen and heard all the evidence so you can plan your next steps. More

Collecting the Judgment

The Virginia small claims court agreed with you and decided that the defendant owes you money or has to return some personal property to you. Good job! Now, you have to get him to pay or give you the property. Unfortunately, collecting on the judgment is often a long and difficult process. More

Alternatives to Small Claims Court

Is someone refusing to pay money you're owed or won't give you some personal property that's rightfully yours? You can sue him, of course, but maybe you don't want to file a lawsuit, not even one in the Virginia small claims court. There are some alternatives to small claims courts to think about. More

Related Resources on Lawyers.comsm
- Start the process with our Virginia Small Claims Worksheet
- Next in the Small Claims series: Filing a Small Claims Suit in Virginia
- Success in Small Claims Court
- Small Claims Court Terms
- Defending a Small Claims Case
- Visit our Small Claims Court Forum for more help.

Related Web Links
- Small Claims Court Procedures In Virginia

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