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What is a small claim

This information applies to Scotland only

A small claim in the sheriff court is meant to provide a simple, quick, informal and inexpensive way to settle claims worth up to £3,000. It allows you to take legal action without having to use a solicitor.

It is a do-it-yourself procedure although a friend or adviser can act as your representative. Some legal aid may be available but it is not available for a solicitor to represent you.

If you would like more information about raising or defending a small claim for consumer issues please see:

A special feature of the small claims procedure is that in most cases there is a limit to the legal expenses which can be awarded.

You can find out more about small claims online at www.scotcourts.gov.uk.

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