You are the plaintiff. At the top left corner, you will find the word plaintiff. Here is where you will fill in the information about yourself, to include:
The defendant is the person you are filing against. At the top right corner, you will see the word defendant. When filling in the information about the defendant, include their:
This is where you will fill in the information about the person you are filing against. It is necessary to have their residence when filing. Small claims are filed in the county where the defendant lives. If you are unsure of their address, you will need to wait until you have the proper address before filing.
Remembering that we are not an investigative service, we will not search for addresses. We have only the information you bring with you at the time you file.
Statement of Claim Information
Centered directly beneath the names of both parties, in bold print, you will find Statement of Claim. You will need to check the box that applies to you. If you are unsure as to whether the claim is a "suit on a note," "suit on account," or "other," many select "other" with an explanation. You may use the space following, that reads, "plaintiff says the defendant is indebted to the plaintiff as follows:" for your explanation.
Total Claim Amount
You will notice 2 blank lines with dollar signs preceding them. In the 1st blank, include the total amount of the claim. In the 2nd blank, list the court cost of $71 only. The court cost will be paid at the time of filing. All checks and/or money orders are payable to the Magistrate Court.
If the statement of claim will be mailed, you will need to have it notarized 1st. Your signature will be needed on the blank line that reads "agent for Plaintiff."
Sheriff Entry of Service
All claims must be accompanied by a Sheriff Entry of Service.
At the top right hand corner of the Sheriff's Entry of Service, the plaintiff's name and mailing address will need to be filled in so that upon service, you will receive a carbon copy returned to you.
The defendant's name and place to be served will need to be filled in at the lower left hand where it reads "Name and Address of Party to be Served."