- a special court established to handle small claims or debts, usually without the services of lawyers.
Origin of small-claims court
First recorded in 1920–25
Also called small-debts court [smawl-dets] /ˈsmɔlˈdɛts/.
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small claims court
- British and Canadian a local court with jurisdiction to try civil actions involving small claims
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