Going to court can be a complicated thing, even if it’s just a minor claim in a small claims court. There are so many hoops to jump through, rules to follow, and things to get in order; you may not want to even bother with it. However, it doesn’t have to be super complicated. Here are all the things you need to bring with you to your small claims court appearance.
Your Legal Advisor
You’ll want to bring your legal advisor with you to your court date if you’re allowed to have legal counsel present in your state. Your advisor or attorney will know what you need to do and say, and can keep track of the process and procedures so that you don’t miss anything.
Most states have their own small claims court forms that you need to fill out. These could include plaintiff’s claims, defendant’s forms, or a declaration. Various counties and towns may also have their own local paperwork that you need, as well, so make sure to check before you head to court.
You’ll want to bring any evidence you have to make your case in court. Witness statements, business papers, signed checks, signed contracts, photographs, police reports, letters, repair estimates, doctor’s bills and reports, and anything else you have to support your statement.
Going to court in real life is not like going to court on TV. The more drama there is, the more confusion there is, which makes it less likely that you’ll win your case. Keep your cool, don’t lose your temper, and don’t become so emotional that you can’t present the facts to the judge. Make your case in an even way that relies on the evidence and the facts, not emotional appeals.