Addresses and information on Oregon small claims courts and filings.

A person can file a claim in small claims court if he/she has a dispute involving a certain amount of money with another person, company or government agency.

The amount that could be recovered is limited, and it varies from state to state (usually from $1,500 to 10,000 Dollars.)

Most common claims in small claims courts involve:

  • Small Loans - Someone refuses to pay you back the money he/she borrowed.
  • Auto Accidents - Someone dents your vehicle and refuses to pay for the repairs.
  • Defected New Products - Your new chair breaks but the store will not fix it or return your money.
  • Poor Services Rendered - A dry cleaning company ruins your favorite dress and will not pay for or replace it.
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues - The property owner or landlord refuses to return your security deposit, even after certifying the place was left in in good condition.

Things to bring to court:

Original copies of all papers you need to help prove the case (contracts, letters, rental agreements, canceled checks, deeds, repair bills, IOUs, diagrams, written damage estimates, photographs or even drawings.)

2 photocopies of every original document. (one for the defendant, one for the court)

The piece of clothing or the appliance damaged by the defendant, if that's the case.

Any witness that could help the case. Some judges allow notarized statements by witness that cannot appear in court.

Small Claims Courts Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. (If not, a guardian appointed by the court will sue for the minor.)
  • Be of sound mind or mentally competent. (If not, a guardian appointed by the court will sue for the incapacitated.)
  • United States citizen and non-citizens can use the small claims court.
  • There are no juries in small claims courts.
  • No objections are allowed.
  • Either the plaintiff (the person who is suing) or the defendant (the person being sued) are allowed to speak with an attorney before coming to court, but lawyers are not allowed in the court with you. You must be a Pro Se litigant (represent yourself.)

Hearing dates are usually set on some evenings or on Saturday (once a month.)

Hearing is scheduled within 40 days in most cases (up to 70 days if one litigant does not live in the same county).


Untd States Govt Courts; Dist Court; Wayne L Morse U 405 E 8th Ave Ste 2030 Eugene, OR 97401-2716 Phone:(541) 431-4115

Yamhill County Circuit Court 535 Ne 5th St Mcminnville, OR 97128-4504 Phone:(503) 434-7485

Circuit Court 402 N Dixon Portland, OR 97201 Phone:(503) 988-3022

Clackamas County Circuit Court 807 Main St Oregon City, OR 97045-1844 Phone:(503) 655-8551

Clackamas County Courts-Circuit & District Court House Rm 104 Oregon City, OR 97045 Phone:(503) 655-8453

Harney County Circuit Court 450 N Buena Vista Ave Burns, OR 97720-1533 Phone:(541) 573-2591

Josephine County Circuit Court 500 Nw 6th St Grants Pass, OR 97526-2037 Phone:(541) 476-2309

Lake County Circuit Court 108 N E St Lakeview, OR 97630-1550 Phone:(541) 947-6051

Lake County District Court Courthouse Lakeview, OR 97630 Phone:(541) 947-6038

Linn County Circuit Court PO Box 1749 Albany, OR 97321-0491 Phone:(541) 967-3838

Crook County District Court 300 Ne 3rd St Prineville, OR 97754 Phone:(541) 447-6541

Malheur County District Court 251 B St W Vale, OR 97918-1380 Phone:(541) 473-5178

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