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H.610

Introduced by   Representatives Mook of Bennington, Barnard of Richmond, Botzow of Pownal, Clarkson of Woodstock, Donovan of Burlington, Endres of Milton, Evans of Essex, Howard of Rutland City, Jerman of Essex, Kainen of Hartford, Kilmartin of Newport City, Komline of Dorset, Livingston of Manchester, Pellett of Chester, Shand of Weathersfield and Trombley of Grand Isle

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Court procedure; small claims procedure; jurisdictional limit

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to raise the jurisdictional limit in small claims court from $3,500.00 to $5,000.00.

AN ACT RELATING TO RAISING THE JURISDICTIONAL LIMIT IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  12 V.S.A. § 5531 is amended to read:

§ 5531.  RULES GOVERNING PROCEDURE

(a)  The supreme court, pursuant to section 1 of this title, shall make rules under this chapter applicable to such court providing for a simple, informal, and inexpensive procedure for the determination, according to the rules of substantive law, of actions of a civil nature of which they have jurisdiction, other than actions for slander or libel and in which the plaintiff does not claim as debt or damage more than $3,500.00 $5,000.00.  The procedure shall not be exclusive, but shall be alternative to the formal procedure begun by the filing of a complaint.

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