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There is simply a Three Steps procedure for Small Claims Courts in Alton. Once you will file your small claims in Alton this small claims process starts.
Upon receiving your small claim information, the Court will send a Notice of Receipt of Documents to the email address you provided. This notice contains your online ID number and confirms that the Alton Small Claims Court has received your document(s). (This notice does not mean that your claim has been processed or accepted by the Court)
Upon receiving your document(s) electronically, the Court must review your claim to verify that all filing criteria have been met. If your filing is determined to be valid, the Small Claims Court will email you a Notice of Payment Due that describes the fees associated with the filing and the total amount that you are required to pay. The Court will not accept any claim until payment has been made. If payment is not made by the given due date, the filing will be rejected.
If your claim is rejected, the Court will email you a Notice of Rejection of Filing stating the reasons why your claim was rejected. You will have (5) calendar days from the date of the Notice of Rejection of Filing to correct and resubmit your claim. If you fail to complete and resubmit your claim to the Court within those (5) calendar days, your claim and any associated information will be deleted from this website and you will need to start over.
Log in to this website and look for your filing under the 'View Payment Due' menu option. Once you have located and selected your filing, follow the instructions for entering your credit card information and submitting your payment.
Once the Court has received your payment, a Notice of Acceptance of Filing and a copy of the processed documents will be sent to you by email for your records. Once you receive this email, your filing has been accepted and the initial filing of your small claims case is complete.
Determine eligibility, attempt resolution, file a complaint, serve the defendant, attend the hearing, receive a judgment. Consider legal advice.
Small claims court is a legal venue for resolving disputes involving small amounts of money, typically under a set limit, without lawyers.
File a claim form and pay a fee. Serve the defendant with a copy of the claim form and attend the court hearing.
The time limit to file a small claims case varies by state but is typically between 2 and 6 years.
Small claims court typically has limits on the amount you can sue for, and emotional distress claims may not be allowed or have specific limits.