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Yes, pictures of the poor work done should be enough to convince a judge that the contractor shouldn't be paid. But if not, there isn't much you can do. The judge will explain to you the procedure to appeal (if any) but for $500 it really isn't worth it, you would pay more to appeal it.
At small claims court, most people aren't represented by an attorney so the judges aren't as strict about the rules and procedure.
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