The Small Claims Division was established to help people handle Small Claims cases of $5,000.00 or less, with or without an attorney. The law allows court clerks for this case type only, to assist you in filling out all forms and pleadings necessary for the presentation of your claim or counterclaim. If you believe you need an attorney to protect your interests, you may hire one to represent you. Small Claims cases must be filed in person at the Small Claims Office in the Courts Building, unless you reside out of state.
The Small Claims pamphlet is intended to assist you in filing a Small Claims case in the St. Louis County Circuit Court. The pamphlet describes the Small Claims Division, who can sue in Small Claims, what you can sue for, advice on trying to settle a problem, and what you need to do before filing a claim. The pamphlet will be helpful for both the plaintiff and defendant.
PLEASE NOTE: Once the judge has decided a Small Claims case, either side has the right to file an application for trial de novo (an appeal of the court's decision) within 10 days of the date of the court's decision (not within 10 days of receiving your decision in the mail). In your appeal, you have the right to a new trial. The rules in the new trial are more formal and the judge and clerks are not permitted to provide you with assistance. Parties other than individuals can only appear by attorney. Corporations and unincorporated associations cannot be represented by an officer or authorized employer.
SPECIAL NEEDS: If you have special needs addressed by the Americans With Disabilities Act, please notify the Circuit Clerk's Office at (314) 615-8029, Fax (314) 615-8739, or TTY (314) 615-4567, at least three business days in advance of the court proceeding.
The following Small Claims forms are available on the Circuit Court forms page.
A link to the forms page is located on the left.
Please Note: These forms are approved for use in St. Louis County Circuit Court - 21st Judicial Circuit. The forms may not necessarily be approved for use in other Missouri Circuit Courts.