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small-claims court

[ smawl-kleymz ]
/ ˈsmɔlˈkleɪmz /
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noun

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

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

Origin of small-claims court

First recorded in 1920–25
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small claims court

noun

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