This will be good for many, though not for all. If you do file a small claims case, be sure to do your homework. The other side most certainly will have done so. And, if you’ve been sued in Small Claims Court, be sure to do your homework too. Small Claims Court is more complex than it used to be. It is not unusual for parties to consult attorneys prior to appearing in court.
Your local public and law library will have more information. And, no matter how much research you do, there is no substitute for sitting in Small Claims Court to see what goes on. Call your local Justice or Circuit Court to find out how and when you can view the proceedings.