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H.197

Introduced by   Representative Mook of Bennington

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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