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The reason that you are having difficulty obtaining the type of information that you are seeking is because the Small Claims Court is not a court of Record. By this I mean that there are no published reports of cases pertaining to Small Claims Court Decisions and Appeals from the Small Claims Court are Apeals De Novo - meaning that the District Court will hear the case anew, and usually without reference to the Small Claims Court decision. Consequently, and purely as a practical matter there are little if any published decisions that address the nuances of the jurisdiction of the small claims court.
This means that you are left first with the Court's own interpretation of its jurisdiction.
As you have indicated yourself 38-28-101 provides for "Actions for the division and partition of real or personal property or interest therein may be maintained by any person having an interest in such property."
While usually used for Real Property the law provides for an action for the division of personal property as well. Therefore the Small Claims Court SHOULD have jurisdiction over the matter if it is otherwise within the dollar limitations.
But I am afraid your search for conclusive authority is going to be fruitless for the reasons I explained above.
Since it is certain that the District Court has jurisdiction and that if there is an Appeal it will go to that Court anyway, why not save yourself the steps and file directly with the District Court. You can still represent yourself in District Court and the matter that you describe seems fairly straight forward.
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