SMALL CLAIMS COURT:
INCREASE RECOVERY AMOUNT
Senate Bill 269 (Substitute S-1)
Sponsor: Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker
House Committee: Judiciary
Senate Committee: Judiciary
Complete to 3-14-12
A SUMMARY OF SENATE BILL 269 AS PASSED BY THE SENATE 10-19-11
The small claims division of district court hears cases in which the claim for damages sought to be recovered is $3,000 or less. The bill would amend the Revised Judicature Act to increase that amount to not more than $8,000.
The bill would have an indeterminate, but likely positive, fiscal impact on state and local government. By increasing the jurisdictional monetary ceiling, more cases will fall under the small claims court's jurisdiction, thereby disposing of cases that would have fallen under the district court's jurisdiction at lower costs and with greater speed and efficiency.
Fiscal Analyst: Erik Jonasson
■ This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan House staff for use by House members in their deliberations, and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.