The court clerk has the primary responsibility to record, file, and maintain as permanent records the proceedings of the district court.
Small claims lawsuits may be brought for amounts in controversy not exceeding $10,000. Forms to initiate a small claims action are available in the Court Clerk's office and we will assist you with these when you come in. Filing fees must be paid at the time of filing.
Type of Claim Filing Fees:
Forcible Entry and Detainer (FED or eviction) less than $5,000 = $58 plus service
Service Fee - $50 service by Sheriff
Forcible Entry and Detainer (FED or eviction) greater than $5,000 = $154.14 plus service
Indebtedness less than $5,000 = $58 plus service
Indebtedness greater than $5,000 = $219.14 plus service
FORCIBLE ENTRY AND DETAINER (Eviction Process):
STEP 1 - A 30 Day Notice to Vacate must be served on the person(s) to be evicted. It can be served by the Sheriff or private process server. The local Sheriff’s Office has the forms available or they can be obtained online. The Court Clerk’s office DOES NOT have these forms.
STEP 2 - If the person(s) have not vacated the property on the 31st day after service, you may initiate your Small Claims case by coming to the Court Clerk’s office to file, as per instructions above. A court date will be set at that time. A legal description of the property will also be required at time of filing your Small Claims case. Small Claims cases are heard monthly.