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Am I being sued in the right venue?

You want to be sure that the case filed against you was filed at the right court location or venue. If you think that the court location where you are asked to appear is incorrect you can respond as follows:


Your response if the court location is wrong What this means:
You appear at the court date and do not ask for a change of venue: You appear at the court location stated on the Plaintiff’s Claim and Order to Go to Small Claims Court (SC-100) and give up your right to change the venue.
You ask for a change of venue at the court date You appear at the court location stated on the Plaintiff’s Claim and Order to Go to Small Claims Court (SC-100) on the court date and ask for a change of venue at the court date. If the judge decides that the plaintiff filed in the wrong court location, the case may be dismissed without prejudice. The plaintiff can refile the case at the correct court location.
You ask for a change of venue by writing to the court location You write a letter to the Small Claims Department at the court location stated on the Plaintiff’s Claim and Order to Go to Small Claims Court (SC-100)stating the reason you are asking for a change of venue. If you are not present at the court date and the judge disagrees with you, the court date may be postponed for 15 days. The court will notify all parties by mail of the judge’s decision and the new court date.

If the judge believes the venue is incorrect for any reason, the case may be dismissed without prejudice.


For more information about filing venue, go to How do I determine the proper venue for filing my case? FAQ.

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