small-claims court


: a special court intended to simplify and expedite the handling of small claims on debts

Examples of small-claims court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ashanti had represented his wife in small-claims court in a dispute with her former employer, a nonprofit wholly owned by a city agency — a clear conflict of interest. Jake Pearson, ProPublica, 20 Dec. 2022 Beal and Thompson-Beal in 2013 went on the Judge Mathis TV show to settle a small-claims court lawsuit the mother filed against her daughter, according to Cleveland Municipal Court records. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 19 Apr. 2021 So Joshua Browder, founder of DoNotPay, a service that helps people fight parking tickets and navigate small-claims court, has built an automated way to file. NBC News, 16 Apr. 2020 And contrary to the goal of small-claims court providing a quick legal decision, some cases can go on for years, the consumer advocacy group found. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 20 Feb. 2020 The group also said similar practices may be happening in small-claims courts in other states. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 20 Feb. 2020 But unlike most eviction cases that play out in small-claims court, this one went much higher — and with much wider implications for the rent-to-buy housing market. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, 3 Dec. 2019 Your editorial suggests that arbitration is akin to small-claims court: You, a corporate representative and an arbitrator all work it out. WSJ, 6 May 2019 Patrick DeJean, the Marrero justice of the peace charged with pocketing public money, over-garnishing debtors' wages and keeping the excess, now stands accused of obstructing the federal grand jury investigation into his small-claims court. Drew Broach,, 27 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of small-claims court was in 1915

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“Small-claims court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

small-claims court

: a court intended to simplify the settling of disputes over small debts

Legal Definition

small claims court

: a special court intended to simplify and expedite the resolution of minor disputes involving small claims
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