Civil Claims

Magistrate Court has jurisdiction to hear civil cases up to $15,000.00 (and in some limited instances unlimited jurisdiction).  These include landlord tenant disputes, car accident cases, property disputes, contract disputes, suits on account, and actions for the return of personal property.  To file a civil suit you will need to prepare a "Statement of Claim" form and pay the filing fee and service fee to the Magistrate Court's Office.  Landlord tenant disputes are normally resolved within 7 - 10 business days.  Other civil cases are normally set for trial and resolved within 60- 90 days.