The small claims court is not a separate court, but a special session of the District Court, the Boston Municipal Court or the Housing Court.
It is designed to provide a simple, informal and inexpensive option for resolving cases where the amount at issue is $7,000 or less.
The information here is intended to assist you with handling small claims matters and understanding the small claims process.
Small Claims Resources
- Where Do I File a Small Claim?
- Small Claims in the Boston Municipal Court or District Court
- Small Claims in Housing Court
- Small Claims Forms
- Multilingual Videos Explaining the Small Claims Process
- I Won My Small Claim Before the Magistrate, What Can I Do Now?
- I Lost My Small Claim Before the Magistrate, What Can I Do Now?
Multilingual Small Claims Forms
Small Claims Forms are now available in Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Khmer, Russian, and Chinese (traditional)
These forms have been provided to court users for reference only. Only the English forms will be accepted by the Court, and all English forms must be completed entirely in English. You have a right to an interpreter, free of charge, for all court events. If you require an interpreter, please let the court staff know.
Small Claims in Massachusetts: What you need to know
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) About Small Claims
Instructions for Filing a Small Claims
Statement of Small Claim and Notice of Trial
Verification of Defendant's Address
Small Claims Answer
Small Claims Counterclaim
Financial Statement of Judgment Debtor
Agreement for Judgment and Payment Order
Defendant's Claim of Appeal
Acknowledgment of Satisfaction of Judgment
Acknowledgment of Satisfaction of Judgment in Counterclaim