Missouri Rules & Forms

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Small Claims Court

Court:  Small claims cases are heard in the Small Claims Division of the Circuit Court.

Claim Limit:  $5,000.00

Answer Period:  The defendant may file a written answer any time before the hearing, but only if a counterclaim is being filed. Otherwise, an answer is not required.

Attorney Representation: Missouri permits attorneys to represent clients in small claims court.

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

Jury Trial:  Jury trials not permitted.

Statutes of Limitations  (Mo. Rev. Stat. § 516.097 et seq.):
– Written Contract:  5 years
– Oral Contract: 5 years
– Personal Injury: 5 years
– Real Property: 5 years
– Personal Property: 5 years

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