Legislature Mulls Expansion of Small Claims Jurisdiction

Currently, if you wish to file a claim in Iowa Courts, the jurisdictional limit for small claims court is $5,000.  That means if the total damages or value you seek is not greater than $5,000 your case is filed in small claims court, and if your damages or value exceed $5,000, your case is filed in district court.  Small claims court is a faster, more inexpensive process, but the procedural rules are often more relaxed, and you don't have the ability to conduct significant discovery.  Currently, the Iowa Legislature is considering House File 248, which would increase this jurisdictional amount to $10,000.  Stay tuned to see the outcome of this legislation.

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