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Small Claims Court

This brief guide provides information about small claims courts.

Small Claim basics (Cleveland Municipal Court, Clerk's Office)

Information from the Clerk of Court's website:

  • $6,000 limit
  • You are responsible for filing your claim, even if you have an attorney (which is not required).
  • The filing fee is $37 (plus $7 per additional defendant, if applicable).
  • The defendant must live or do business in Cleveland, OH or Bratenahl, or the cause of action must have occurred therein.
  • You must provide all the names and addresses of all defendants.
  • Additional documentation includes:
    • proof of your claim
    • receipts
    • written estimates of damage or loss (at the hearing)
  • The Ohio Secretary of State can verify proper names of businesses and their respective owners.
  • Clerks are available to provide assistance before 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
  • If filing by mail, you must include copies of your small claim for each defendant involved, as well payment of the filing fee, and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to receive a time-stamped copy with hearing date and payment receipt.