small-claims court

[ smawl-kleymz ]
/ ˈsmɔlˈkleɪmz /

noun

a special court established to handle small claims or debts, usually without the services of lawyers.

Nearby words

  1. small town,
  2. small white,
  3. small wonder,
  4. small-bore,
  5. small-cap,
  6. small-minded,
  7. small-saver certificate,
  8. small-scale,
  9. small-scale integration,
  10. small-talk

Origin of small-claims court

First recorded in 1920–25

Also called small-debts court [smawl-dets] /ˈsmɔlˈdɛts/.

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British Dictionary definitions for small claims court

small claims court

noun

British and Canadian a local court with jurisdiction to try civil actions involving small claims
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