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How can I prepare for court?

-What do I Bring?

Bring all of your evidence with you. The judge may ask to review your evidence so try to have extra copies available. You may give the extra copies to the judge. You will still have your copy to look at when you are asked questions about your claim. Your evidence can include:

  • A written contract
  • Warranty
  • Receipt
  • Canceled check
  • Letter
  • Professional estimate of damages
  • Photographs
  • Drawings
  • Your own statements
  • Witness statements

-What do I do?

There are a number of things you can do to prepare for your day in court. They can include:

  • Check your facts
  • Gather all your evidence
  • Make sure your witnesses are ready for court

Spend some time thinking about what you will say to the judge. Think about:

  • Questions the judge may ask
  • Points that you want to make
  • What the other party is likely to say
  • What evidence they may have

If you plan ahead you will present a better case. Consider attending a Small Claims session before your court date. This will help you to understand what to expect.

Appearing in Court
More Small Claims Q&A Topics
Small Claims Basics
Thinking about Filing a Small Claims case?
Filing my case
Serving Notice of my case to the defendant
Responding to a Small Claims case as a defendant
Appearing in Court
Your Day in Court
Collecting a Judgment
Paying a Judgment
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