Is there a cost to file a Small Claims or Civil case?

Yes. Filing fees are $65 for a Small Claims case and $80 for a Civil case. You also will have to pay a fee to have your complaint served on the other party. The fee varies, but you may serve the other party by Certified Mail, through the Sheriff's office or by employing a private process server. The Court Clerk cannot tell you which method of service is "best".  It is a personal choice, the clerk can just tell you your options.


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1. Is there a cost to file a Small Claims or Civil case?
2. What is the difference between a Small Claims and a Civil case?
3. Where can I get the Small Claims/Civil paperwork?
4. Do I have to pay the filing fees in full when I turn in the paperwork?
5. How do I know in which Court to file a Small Claims case?
6. I want to sue someone, but I don’t know where he/she lives. Is that a problem?
7. Can the clerk tell me whether I have a case worth pursuing?
8. I would like to file a lawsuit but cannot afford an attorney, what are my options?
9. Is a trial the only way to resolve my case?