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Frequently Asked Questions – Small Claims

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE IS THE SMALL CLAIMS COURT LOCATED?

The Court is located on the first floor of the City & County Building, 1437 Bannock St., Room 135 Denver, CO. 80202. Our telephone number is: 720-865-7840, fax number is: 720-865-8259.

CAN YOU HELP ME FILE MY CASE?

No. It is against the law for court employees to provide legal advice. However, you may visit the Civil Self-Help Center, located in room 281 of the City and County Building.

DO I HAVE A GOOD CASE?

Presenting a good case in court includes having evidence to support your claim, such as

    • Pictures,
    • Receipts,
    • A Contract, or
    • A Witness

WHERE CAN I GET THE FORMS NEEDED TO FILE MY CASE?

You can access the forms on this site.

HOW MUCH CAN I SUE FOR?

Your claim CANNOT exceed $7,500.00. If the claim amount exceeds $7,500.00 you may waive the balance over $7,500.00. You are NOT allowed to divide the claim into two separate cases.

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF MY CASE?

You may check the status of your case on the Records Search page on this site.  If you have your case number, the search is free.  All other searches are $2.00 per search.

WHAT ARE THE FEES FOR FILING A SMALL CLAIMS ACTION?

The fee for filing a Small Claims action varies by claim amount.  For more information please visit the Fee page on this site.

WHAT ARE THE FEES FOR FILING AN ANSWER?

Please view the Fee page on this site for information on Answer and Counter Claim fees.

DID I FILE MY CLAIM IN TIME?

There is a set time limit to file most claims. This is called a Statute of Limitations.  The rules for statutes of limitations are complicated. You may lose your case if the time has expired to file a law suit.

CAN I FILE THE NECESSARY FORMS BY MAIL OR FAX?

Yes, however, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT FILINGS BE MADE IN PERSON, as we cannot be responsible for lost / misdirected mail, or problems that may occur with facsimile transmissions.   Some filings also require fees to be paid at the time the filing is made in order for the filing to be valid; and the Court cannot accept a filing and then accept the required fee at a later time.  Additionally, some filings require that copies of the documents that you filed with the Court then be served upon another party and the Court will not provide copies of those documents via mail or fax, again due to problems that could arise from lost / misdirected mail, or problems that may occur with facsimile transmissions.  For all of these reasons, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT FILINGS BE MADE IN PERSON.

Forms that are necessary for preparing a case or making a filing with the Court, can be obtained from this site.

The electronic filing requirement for attorneys does not currently apply to Small Claims cases or cases that originated as a small claims matter and were transferred to a Denver County Court trial courtroom.

WHEN WILL I BE PAID?

The Court CANNOT collect your money judgment for you. Collecting a judgment can be difficult if the defendant does not pay the judgment.

WHAT IF I DON’T KNOW THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE PARTY I WANT TO SUE?

You must know the full name and current address of the person or business that you are suing. If you do not have this information you will not be able to serve your Small Claims lawsuit or collect your judgment.

WHAT IF I HAVE REACHED A SETTLEMENT ON MY CASE?

If a settlement is reached before your court date; the Plaintiff must file a written Notice of Dismissal with the Court.  The notice may be filed in room 135, by mail, or by appearing on the court date and informing the clerk in the courtroom.

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