What will happen at the small claims hearing?

Small Claims Court proceedings are conducted informally by the judge. You will present your claim so bring any evidence, documents, or other proof you need to support your case. The defendant will also be allowed to present their side of the case. The judge may make a decision immediately after hearing both sides or he may continue the case to another date. If the defendant was served a summons and does not show up for the hearing, the judge may declare the defendant to be in default and award judgment to the plaintiff (you).

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1. How are Small Claims cases different from other cases?
2. Who can I sue in Small Claims Court?
3. How do I decide where I file my Small Claims case?
4. What is the procedure to file a Small Claims case?
5. Why do I need an address for the party I am suing?
6. Can I bring witnesses to testify about my claim?
7. What will happen at the small claims hearing?
8. What do I do to collect my money or property?
9. Is the Small Claims Court ruling final?
10. What do I do, if I am being sued in Small Claims Court?