1. What is the filing fee for a small claims case?
  2. Who may appeal a decision in a small claims case?
  3. What is the deadline for a small claims appeal?
  4. What are the costs for a small claims appeal?
  5. Where can I find more detailed information about small claims?

What is the filing fee for a small claims case?

If the claim is for more than $5,000, the fee is $150 ($140 entry fee plus $10 surcharge).
If the claim is for more than $2,000, the fee is $100 ($90 entry fee plus $10 surcharge).
If the claim is for more than $500, the fee is $50 ($40 entry fee plus $10 surcharge).
If the claim is for $500 or less, the fee is $40 ($30 entry fee plus $10 surcharge).
Note that there is a $7,000 ceiling (exclusive of punitive damages) on the amount that can be recovered in a small claims case.

Schedule of Housing Court filing fees
Housing Court Filing Fees

If you are indigent and unable to pay the filing fee, the court may be able to waive the fee.  The court staff can explain the eligibility requirements and the procedure for requesting a waiver.

See also Indigency (waiver of fees)  


Who may appeal a decision in a small claims case?

A party who files a claim or a counterclaim under the small claims procedure may not appeal from an adverse (unfavorable) decision on that claim or counterclaim.  

Thus, only the defendant who loses in a judgment on the plaintiff’s claim or the plaintiff who loses in a judgment on the defendant’s counterclaim may appeal.


What is the deadline for a small claims appeal?

A small claims notice of appeal must be filed with the court and served on the opposing party no later than ten (10) days after the date the judgment was received in the mail.


What are the costs for a small claims appeal?

here is an entry fee of $25 for a small claims appeal.  There is also an appeal bond of $100 or the triple damage amount of the judgment in security deposit cases.

If the appealing party loses the appeal, the bond will be given to the prevailing party as partial payment of the judgment.  If the appealing party wins, the bond will be refunded and the losing party will be liable for the $25 appeal entry fee.

Schedule of Housing Court filing fees
Housing Court Filing Fees

If you are indigent and unable to pay the appeal costs, the court may be able to waive the fees.  The court staff can explain the eligibility requirements and the procedure for requesting a waiver.

See also Indigency (waiver of fees)  

Where can I find more detailed information about small claims?

Further detailed information about small claims, including the law, rules, standards, forms, and frequently  asked questions (FAQs) can be found by following the link to the District Court’s small claims web page below.  When consulting the District Court’s FAQs about small claims, keep in mind that some aspects of small claims, such as choosing an appropriate court in which to commence your case, differ between the District Court and the Housing Court.  If you are uncertain how to proceed, contact the clerk’s office of the appropriate court.