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Small claims

Small claims court is a special type of civil court where disputes may be resolved more quickly and inexpensively than in other court proceedings. Small claims court is limited to claims of $10,000 or less. However, third-party complaints, personal injury claims, and actions based in tort are limited to claims of $5,000 or less. Claims exceeding the maximum amount allowed must be filed in civil court. Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 799 (external link) governs small claims actions.

The three most common types of small claims cases are:

Three less common types of small claims cases are:

Procedures

For more information about small claims court see the Wisconsin Guide to Small Claims Court PDF.

Guides are available for specific small claims actions and collection actions (all in PDF PDF format):

Guides on how to enforce or collect a small claims judgment (all in PDF PDF format):

Forms

Small claims forms assistant
The small claims forms assistant site guides you through the process of filing a small claims legal claim in Wisconsin. By answering a series of questions this interactive site will help you to fill out necessary forms, print blank forms, or download a basic guide to small claims actions for each county.
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Court forms for small claims actions

Resources

The Wisconsin State Law Library website provides access to additional resources on small claims actions (external link).

For additional information visit the State Bar of Wisconsin website (external link).