HOW TO FILE A SMALL CLAIMS CASE

This message concerns filing a Small Claims case in the El Paso County Court.  This information and the necessary forms may also be obtained from the Colorado Courts website at http://www.courts.state.co.us/chs/court/forms/smallclaims/smallclaims.html

A Small Claims packet containing the forms, instructions and information is available, free of charge, in our Self Help Center located in the Courthouse in Room S101.  This office is open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

The dollar amount that you may recover in Small Claims is limited to $7,500 dollars.  You are required to file in the county where the defendant resides, works, has an office or is a student at an institution of higher education.  If your claim exceeds $7,500.00 but is less than $15,000.00, you may file a County Court Civil action.  This paperwork is also available in the Self Help Center for a small fee.

The filing fee in Small Claims depends on the amount you wish to recover.  Filing fees are as follows:  $31.00 if you are suing for $ .01 to $500.00, and $55.00 if you are suing for $500.01 to $7,500.00.

After filing your case with the Clerk of the Court and paying the filing fee, a Court date will be set, according to the law, at least thirty days away.  You must then have the Complaint and Summons served on the defendant no later that 15 days before the Court date.  You must arrange for service on the defendant in one of the following ways.  You may contact the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 520-7100 to arrange service by a deputy sheriff.  You may contact a private process server or you may have the summons and complaint served by a person over the age of 18 who is not an interested party to the case.

We do not take requests by phone for the small claims packet, however you may send a written request and a legal size, self addressed envelope with 2 stamps affixed.  Written requests should be mailed to:

                                El Paso County Combined Court

                                Attn.:  Self Help Center

                                PO Box 2980

                                Colorado Springs, CO  80901-2980