, Derry, New Hampshire


October 25, 2012

Buyer beware _ or be ready for court


Both states have good court websites describing the small claims process and listing the rules. But, despite the rest of the world’s leap into the electronic era, in both states, the small claims court initial complaint is still one of those carbon-set type crinkly paper documents that you go and get, press hard while writing it out, and then file.

Don’t ask the court clerks for legal advice. By law, they’re not allowed to give it. But, the brochures and websites fairly well explain the process.

On the day of the hearing, take all documents with two extra copies. Make an outline or bullet point list of facts you must explain to the judge.


Andrew Myers of Derry has law offices in Derry and North Andover. He is a member of the American Association for Justice and the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association. Send questions to

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