How are civil suits initiated?
The District Court has jurisdiction over civil cases for damages for injury to individuals or personal property, penalties and contract disputes, as long as the amount claimed does not exceed $100,000. A Summons and Complaint must filed with the court prior to service on the defendant. The filing fee is $83.00. The filing fee for any counter or cross claims is also $83.00. The District Court does not provide any forms for civil proceedings, nor is it allowed to provide any legal advice or help in completing civil court papers. You will need to be familiar with civil procedure or contact an attorney for assistance.