Arkansas Rules & Forms

Small Claims

ARCourt:  Small claims cases are filed in the Small Claims Division of the District Court.

Jurisdictional Limit:  $5,000.00

Answer Period:  A defendant residing in the state may file an answer to the complaint within 20 days.  Out-of-state defendants have 30 days.

Attorney Representation:  Attorney representation is not allowed in small claims court.

Eviction Cases:  Eviction cases cannot be filed in small claims court.

Jury Trial:  Jury trials not permitted in small claims court.

Statutes of Limitations  (Ark. Code Ann. § 16-56-101 et seq.)
– Written Contract:  5 years
– Oral Contract: 3 years
– Personal Injury: 3 years
– Real Property: 3 years
– Personal Property: 3 years

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