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[heading]Pennsylvania Small Claims Court[/heading]
Court: Small claims cases are heard in the District Justice Court or Philadelphia Municipal Court.
Claim Limit: $12,000.00
Answer Period: Defendant may file an answer at least five days before the hearing date (in District Justice Court), at at least ten days before the trial date (in Philadelphia Municipal Court).
Attorney Representation: Attorneys are permitted to represent clients in small claims court.
Eviction Cases: Eviction cases can be filed in small claims court.
Jury Trial: Either party may demand a jury trial in District Justice Court, but not in Philadelphia Municipal Court.
Statutes of Limitations (42 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 5501 et seq.):
– Written Contract: 4 years
– Oral Contract: 4 years
– Personal Injury: 2 years
– Real Property: 2 years
– Personal Property: 2 years
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[heading]Pennsylvania Superior Court[/heading]