FORM Misc. Admin.10 Small Claims Information Publication.doc Page 1 of 8
SMALL CLAIMS COURT IN ARKANSAS
Note: The information contained in this publication is designed as a useful guide to remind you of
your rights as a citizen of this state. You should not rely totally on this information because the laws
are subject to constant change.
In Small Claims Court, you can sue to recover for damages to personal property, money owed, or
for delivery of personal property which is worth $5,000 or less.
Each District Court in Arkansas has a division known as small claims court. Small claims courts
are located in the same building and are served by the same personnel as municipal courts. Small
claims courts are designed to allow individuals to settle certain disputes in court under relaxed
rules of procedure and without attorneys. The small claims trial is a unique process; its purpose is
to provide the full advantage under the law to the parties involved in a legal action, i.e., the
plaintiff in a lawsuit who files the claim and the defendant who defends against the claim.
In order to bring a lawsuit, the plaintiff must file a legal form known as a complaint. The
complaint should be kept simple so the defendant can understand, without the aid of an attorney,
why he is being sued. A small claims complaint lists:
The names and addresses of the plaintiff and the defendant’
The amount of money being claimed or a description of the property to be
A brief description of why the plaintiff believes the defendant owes him the
amount of money or property claimed;
Notification to the defendant stating that he must answer the lawsuit upon receipt
of the complaint.
The District Clerk may have a complaint form which you can use to file your lawsuit.
WHAT CAN YOU SUE FOR?
In small claims court, you can sue for different types of claims. These include recovery for
damages to personal property, for money owed, or for delivery of personal prop