What happens after I file my Small Claims case?

After you file your Small Claims case, each person or business you are suing must be served with a summons to appear in court on the date and time scheduled when you filed your claim. This court date will be a pre-trial conference where mediation will be held. If the case cannot be mediated you will receive a trial date. At the trial, you will have an opportunity to explain your case to the judge, ask the person(s) you are suing any questions concerning your claim, present your documentation as discussed at the pre-trial conference, and call on your witnesses to help explain your case.

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1. What is a Small Claims Case?
2. Do I need a lawyer?
3. Where can I file my small claims case?
4. Who can file a Small Claims Case?
5. What does it cost to file a Small Claims Case?
6. What information do I need to file a Small Claims Case?
7. Are there any other requirements?
8. Is there other information I need to know?
9. What happens after I file my Small Claims case?
10. Is mediation an option?
11. What happens to my case if a settlement is reached?
12. How can I collect my judgment?
13. Can I file a lien against the defendant's property?