What happens after filing a small claims action?
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UPDATED: Jun 27, 2011
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After you file your Small Claims action, depending on local practice, the Court may send a copy of the Claim Form to the party you are suing by registered or certified mail, or have you hire a process server to deliver it to the defendant. The Small Claims Court will want to make sure that the party you are suing has “actual notice” of the claim you bring.
In some Small Claims Courts a tentative date for the judge or arbitrator to hear the matter is set when you file the claim. In other courts that is done only after the Claim Form is received by the party you are suing.