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Learn how to file a claim

Free sessions on how to file in Small Claims Court are being offered at different locations across the County. The entire Small Claims Court process is described step-by-step, from the initial filing through collection on a judgment, for claims of $5,000 or less.

  • Small Claims Court Presentations

    Small Claims Court Presentations are scheduled every other month and are open to the public. Reservations are not required.

    The next presentation will take place:

    February 7, 2019
    South Dade Government Center
    10710 SW 211th Street, Room 104
    Miami, FL 33189

    April 4, 2019
    Pinecrest Community Center
    5855 SW 111th Street
    Pinecrest, FL 33156

    June 6, 2019
    Overtown Transit Village
    701 NW 1st Court, 2nd Floor Training Room
    Miami, FL 33136

    July 11, 2019
    City of Doral
    8401 NW 53rd Terrace
    First Floor Conference Room
    Doral, FL 33166

    October 10, 2019
    Miami Shores Community Center
    9617 Park Drive
    Miami Shores, FL 33138

  • When to sue in small claims

    These steps and questions should be answered prior to filing a Small Claims Court case.

    • Always attempt a resolution.
    • Is there a valid legal claim?
    • Is there sufficient evidence to prove the claim in court?
    • Do I know the correct legal name and address of the other party?
    • Evaluate the claim:
      • Can I get more than $5,000?
      • Is it worth my time & money to file?
    • Any person 18 years of age or older.
    • A person under 18 years old may also sue in small claims, but only if their parent or guardian files the suit for them.
    • A business, whether or not owned by an individual, a partnership or a corporation.

    Statute of Limitations

    • Section 95.11 Florida Statutes
      • 5 years - written contract
      • 4 years - verbal contract
      • 4 years - negligence
      • 2 years - recovery of wages/overtime
  • Documents

    The Small Claims Court Process offers step-by-step instructions for filing a claim. These documents are also available for a small fee at the Small Claims Court Presentations.

    The claim can be filled and submitted online at the Miami-Dade County Clerk's Office. You may print out the application and file the claim in person at a local courthouse if you choose. 

    More resources are available on the Miami-Dade County Law Library site.

Phone Number(s)

Locations and Hours

  • Overtown Transit Village South

    601 NW 1st Court, Miami, FL 33136
    18th Floor
Regulatory and Economic Resources
Jack Osterholt, Deputy Mayor

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128

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