DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT SMALL CLAIMS PROCEEDINGS AND NEED TO SPEAK WITH AN ATTORNEY?
Volunteer attorneys are available in certain courthouses statewide to give legal advice and assistance in Small Claims
matters. Dates and locations can be found at www.jud.ct.gov/volunteer_atty_prgm.htm or call (860) 263-2734. Meeting with
the volunteer attorney will occur on a first come, first served basis, so arrive early. There is no cost to you for this service.
Courthouse Return Address
Attorney/Firm Appearance Defendant Address or Self-represented Appearance Address
INFORMATION ABOUT THE ANSWER FORM
1. Do I have to come to court on the Answer Date?
You do not need to come to court on the Answer Date unless you are coming to court to return the answer form.
2. How do I file an Answer?
You may file an Answer to dispute claims made by the plaintiff (person who is suing you) in the complaint or to ask for
more time to pay a debt. To do so, return a completed Answer form to the court on or before the Answer Date.
If you are a self-represented party you may return the completed form to the court by mail, fax machine, or hand delivery.
You may also file your answer electronically if you have signed up for E-Services on the Judicial Branch website and you
request electronic access to this case, and your request has been approved by the clerk. If you are an attorney, you must
file the answer form electronically unless you have received an exclusion from electronic service requirements. After you
have filed an answer, the clerk will schedule a hearing (trial), and will send you a written notice by mail of the date and time
to come to court.
3. What happens if I do not file an Answer?
If you do not file an Answer by the Answer Date, a judgment could enter against you without a hearing. That means that
the court could decide the case for the plaintiff without hearing your side.
If a judgment is entered against you, you must pay the amount of money ordered by the judgment to the person who has
sued you. If you do not pay the amount of the judgment, the person who won the judgment against you may try to collect
the money by getting permission from the court to have the money taken from your wages, financial accounts or property.
4. What if I want to sue the person who is suing me?
If you believe that the plaintiff owes you money, you may file a Counterclaim against the plaintiff. The fee for a
Counterclaim is $95. The fee must be paid to the court when you file.
If you are a self-represented party you may return the completed form to the court by mail, hand delivery or through E-
Services (if you have followed the E-Services process above). If you file electronically, you will be asked to make your
payment in the My Shopping Cart section of the web page. Do not fax any answer that contains a counterclaim.
5. How will I know when to come to court?
You will receive notice by mail from the court of the time, date and place or any hearing scheduled in your case.
6. What if I want this case moved from small claims to the regular civil docket?
You may file a motion to have the case removed from small claims session and place on the regular civil docket. A fee of
$125 is charged for moving the case from small claims to the regular civil docket.
IF YOU ADMIT YOU OWE THE CLAIM, MAKE ALL PAYMENTS DIRECTLY TO THE FOLLOWING:
Plaintiff #1 - Attorney/Firm Appearance Plaintiff Address or Self-represented Appearance Address