Small Claims Fall Sharply in Last Two Years
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Small claims are tort, contract, and real property cases with monetary values below the maximum statutory limits set for these cases by each state. The limits can range from a low of a few hundred dollars to as much as $25,000. Small claims caseloads were relatively consistent from 2001 to 2008 with the exception of one noticeable dip in 2005. However, in the last two years of this trend, the number of cases fell substantially (-14%), contrary to the increase in the higher-valued contract caseloads reported in general jurisdiction courts.