Small Claims Court was established to provide a simple, informal procedure for people to settle certain legal problems cheaply and quickly. In Small Claims Court, you can sue someone or be sued by someone, and you present your side of the case yourself. You cannot be represented by a lawyer. This court handles only fairly simple cases involving small amounts of money or property.
The purpose of providing this information is to help you decide whether or not you should use the Kansas Small Claims Court to solve a problem, and to help you understand how the court works. Please remember that procedures vary somewhat from county to county in the state. Always check with your District Court Clerk's office first to be sure you have all of the correct information before taking action in Small Claims Court.
Consumers should remember that even though they may win their case in Small Claims Court, the court cannot guarantee and is not responsible for collection. Appeals of Small Claims must be filed in District Court which usually means hiring an attorney.
Also, the job of court personnel is to process cases. They cannot give out legal advice.