How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask BizIPEsq. Your Own Question
BizIPEsq.
BizIPEsq., Attorney
Category: Business Law
Satisfied Customers: 996
Experience:  I am a business attorney. I represent individuals and companies with all business related matters.
73280834
Type Your Business Law Question Here...
BizIPEsq. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Re: Florida Small Claims Court - rules. What is the limit on

This answer was rated:

Re: Florida Small Claims Court - rules. What is the limit on claims in Florida Small Claims court? Also, is Discovery (such as RFP for documents, etc.) permitted in Florida Small Claims court?

BizIPEsq. :

Hello, I will be assisting you

BizIPEsq. :

Let me review the relevant rules. Please bear with me

BizIPEsq. :

A small claims law suit is filed in county court to settle disputes where the dollar amount in controversy is $5,000 or less (excluding costs, interest, and attorneys' fees)

Customer:

OK... can Discovery be conducted if a suit is filed in FL Small Claims court?

BizIPEsq. :

according to rule7.020 (b) "Discovery." Any party represented by an attorney is subject to discovery pursuant to Florida Rules of Civil Procedure 1.280 -1.380 directed at said party, without order of court.

BizIPEsq. :

If a party proceeding without an attorney directs discovery to a party represented by an attorney, the represented party may also use discovery pursuant to the above - mentioned rules without leave of court.

BizIPEsq. :

When a party is unrepresented and has not initiated discovery pursuant to Florid a Rules of Civil Procedure 1.280 – 1.380, the opposing party shall not be entitled to initiate such discovery without leave of court. However, the time for such discovery procedures may be prescribed by the court.

BizIPEsq. :

basically this means that if you do not have an attorney you have to seek the court's permission. The court's clerk will specifically direct you how to properly submit the request

BizIPEsq. :

I trust this answered your question

BizIPEsq. :

Please rate my answer

Customer:

OK, to clarify further.... if company A sues company B in FL Small Claims court, then according to the Florida Rules, company B can respond pro se, and can propound Discovery pro se upon company A -- is that correct?

BizIPEsq. and 3 other Business Law Specialists are ready to help you

Related Business Law Questions