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Frequently Asked Questions For County Civil / Small Claims

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We have a large database of FAQs so we have organized them by topic. For frequently asked questions related to a specific topic, select it from the list below.

  

How do I file a Small Claims Case?
The Clerk’s office has Small Claims Paperwork available to file as pro-se litigants. You may download the forms from the Small Claims Section of the Forms Page
What is the fee to file for Small Claims?
The filing fee varies from the amount of the lawsuit. Please see our fee schedule
What is the jurisdictional amount for a Small Claims case?
You may file a small claims case if the money damages do not exceed $5000.00
How do I file a Small Claims Case due to a vehicle accident?
The Clerk’s office has Small Claims Paperwork available to file as pro-se litigants. Please make sure to download the appropriate form for Auto Negligence. You may download the forms from the Smaill Claims section of the Forms Page.
I live in Manatee County and the other Party lives in another County, Where do I file?
When filing Small Claims, the correct venue is necessary to avoid a dismissal. We strongly suggest that you consult with an attorney or research this issue in the law library before filing, as fees are not refundable if the case is dismissed and the Clerk is prohibited from giving legal advice.
What happens after I receive a Final Judgment on my Small Claims Case?
For information on how you may collect your money after a Judgment is rendered visit our How to Get Your Money Page. Please note: The Clerk is unable to assist you with any post judgment proceedings.
How do I file an Eviction Case?
We suggest that you first seek legal advice from an Attorney. The Clerk’s office has eviction forms available if you wish to file and eviction case as a pro-se litigant. You may review the forms we have available in the Small Claims section of the Forms Page. Please note: The forms available are only for non-payment of rent. The forms are also available at the Clerk’s office at our Cashiering Department for purchase. For packet purchase price please see Small Claims fee schedule.
What is the fee to file and eviction?
The filing fee varies between an eviction for possession only or an eviction and damages. Please see our Small Claims fee schedule.