Small Claims - $3,000 Limit Auto
Revised 06/13/2018, CN 10148 page 4 of 9
The numbered steps listed below tell you what forms you will need to fill out and what to do with
them. Each form should be typed or printed clearly on 8 ½ “x 11” white paper only. Forms may
not be filed on a different size or color paper.
Steps for Filing Your Small Claims Complaint and Summons
STEP 1: Fill out the Small Claims
Complaint (Form A).
The Small Claims Complaint tells the court and
the defendant the facts of the case and the things
you want the defendant to do.
STEP 2: Fill out the top of the Small Claims
Summons (Form B).
The Small Claims Summons is delivered by the
court to the defendant in the case (the person or
company being sued). It puts the defendant on
notice that you have filed a complaint against
him or her. It also informs the defendant of the
steps he or she must take to dispute the claim.
Attach page 2 of the summons form (Form B)
and the filing fee to the complaint before
mailing or delivering your papers to the court.
Page 1 of the summons is a pre-printed form
that the court will attach when it delivers the
summons to the defendant.
STEP 3: Be sure that the papers can get to
It is very important that you provide the court
with the defendant’s correct address. After you
file your papers with the court, the court will
then mail or deliver the papers to the defendant
using the address you gave the court. If the
address is correct and the defendant is served
with the papers, then the court will notify both
sides of a court date.
If the defendant cannot be found at the address
you provided, the court will notify you that the
trial has been cancelled for that reason. You
must then provide the court with another
address and pay a reservice fee within 60 days
of the date you filed the complaint or the case
will be dismissed. It will be reinstated
automatically if you can provide a valid address
within one year.
STEP 4: Attach the filing fee.
Make a check or money order payable to the
Treasurer, State of New Jersey.
Plaintiff’s Filing Fees:
• $42 for one defendant ($35 Filing Fee and $7
certified and regular mail Service Fee).
• $12 for each additional defendant ($5 Filing Fee
and $7 certified and regular mail Service Fee.)
STEP 5: Where to file the Small Claims
Complaint (Form A).
The complaint must be mailed or delivered to
the Office of the Special Civil Part in the county
where at least one defendant lives or, if the
defendant is a business entity, in the county
where its registered office is located or in any
county in which it actually does business. If
there is more than one defendant, the complaint
can be filed in the county where any of the
defendants live or, if a business entity, is located
or does business. If none of the defendants live
or do business in New Jersey, the complaint
must be filed where the cause of the complaint
STEP 6: Check your completed forms.
Check your forms and make sure they are
complete. Remove all instruction sheets. Make
sure you have signed the forms wherever
Checklist - You must have all of the following
items in this order:
Filing fee, in the form of check or money
order. Do not mail cash. You may use
cash if you pay in person, but you should
keep the receipt you get from the court staff
for your records