Articles Tagged with Small Claims Courts

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You can’t (CANNOT) waltz into an Oregon Small Claims Court and expect to win your case. You have to do your homework:

1) You have to read the book (in public and law libraries and bookstores):

“Using Small Claims Court in Oregon.” by Janay Haas, 2012. (Oregon Legal Guides)

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If you haven’t seen these 2 articles in your news feeds then you’re not doing your consumer law education reading:

New York Times articles, by Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Michael Corkery, November 2015:

Beware the Fine Print, Part I: Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice

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We have lots of OLR blog posts for the public about Oregon Small Claims Courts (SCC), but this particular OLR blog post addresses the most frequently asked SCC questions from Oregon attorneys:

Small Claims Courts? County Circuit and Justice Courts will have on-site or website information about their respective Justice & Small Claims Courts, including forms, FAQs, court rules, etc.

Current CLEs? Check with OSB, OSB sections, MBA, and OLI for Small Claims Court CLEs for current MCLE credit.

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The Clackamas Review wrote a great story about our small claims court programs generally (see video) and the Clackamas County Small Claims Court Program specifically!

“Make the most of your time in small-claims court,” by Raymond Rendleman, Clackamas Review, June 9, 2014

Excerpt: “Jennifer Dalglish, the Clackamas County law librarian is dedicated to providing equal access to legal information and legal-research assistance to all citizens, so she is always looking for new and improved ways to do so.

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View the Oregon State Bar (OSB) videotape of our program:

1) Direct to the video: ALL RISE! TAKE YOUR CASE TO SMALL CLAIMS COURT

2) Or, from the Oregon State Bar (OSB) website (where you can also find their “30-second Law School” consumer and other Oregon law tips!).

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October 2011 ABA Journal article, by Stephanie Francis Ward: “Mr. Small Claims’ Makes a Career on Volume”

(Note: Small claims court $$ limits vary from state to state. In Oregon, it is $10,000.)

Excerpt: ‘Small claims court cases are like any other legal disputes, but minus a zero, says Jordan Farkas, a Canadian lawyer who’s built a practice advising people who have $25,000 or less at stake. “Most lawyers look down at it,” says Farkas, 31. He started small claims work as a law firm associate to pick up litigation experience, and he can be found online as “Mr. Small Claims Court.”….’ (Link to full article.]

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There is now (hurrah!) a print and eBook:  “Using Small Claims Court in Oregon,” by Janay Haas.

But there is still a lot of work to do if you are a party to a case filed in Oregon Small Claims Court – and want a verdict in your favor (that is, if you want to win) – and if you want to collect on the judgment:

If you are a plaintiff, a defendant, or otherwise need to appear in Oregon Small Claims Court ….