Small Claims

About Small Claims Court

The Small Claims Court is designed to handle claims up to a maximum amount of $3,000.
  • The limit on a counterclaim is $3,000.
  • You may use the services of an attorney, but it is not required.
  • It is informal, and it provides an inexpensive way for you to bring a civil lawsuit against another person, organization, company, or corporation.
  • You may sue for money only, not libel or slander, nor possession of property, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, claims by assignees or agents.
  • Your case may not involve punitive damages or a jury.
  • The filing fee is $45 ($10 for each additional defendant).

Plaintiff & Defendant

The person filing the claim is referred to as the plaintiff. The defendant is the person against whom the claim has been filed. The defendant must live in the jurisdiction or the basis of the complaint must have arisen in this jurisdiction, which is City of Middletown, Trenton, Madison Township, and Lemon Township. The claim must be filed either in person or by mail at:
Middletown Municipal Court
One Donham Plaza
Middletown, Ohio 45042

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