The U.S. Attorney General and the Work of Small Lawsuits Courts

First of all, we find it useful to remind you about the position of the U.S. Attorney General in the United States. Being a head of the U.S. Department of Justice the Attorney General is the counselor of the president on legal questions. He is to represent the country and the government in the Supreme Court and to prosecute cases of the nation-wide importance. But you must understand that smaller regional cases are usually heard in small courts (they are called small claims courts or small lawsuits courts). The judges at these courts are officially subordinate to U.S. Attorney General but certainly have their own legal power. They commonly conduct civil cases dealing with various claims of the citizens, usually intended on a certain compensation for losses or harm suffered. Further we shall tell you about financial prospects for plaintiffs in small lawsuits court.

Evidently, before filing a lawsuit against somebody for small lawsuits court, one would ask: “How much can I win?” There is no universal answer, but here is some information that will be handy for those people who will put their claims to the small lawsuits court.

First of all, let’s see, why we call these courts small. The reason is that there you will be limited in amounts you can claim or be claimed for. These limits differ from state to state. For instance, it is $5,000 for Texas, it is $7,500 for Minnesota, and it is the lowest in Kentucky – only $1,500. Moreover, you will be able to reduce this amount if the judge finds it possible due to legal reasons. 

In some cases the plaintiff can be awarded by the so called “fair relief” instead of financial compensation. That, for example, may occur to the owner of some valuable antique thing (may be, a piece of furniture), who has put it on sail in some antique shop. The store has to sell the thing during the period of three months or give it back to the owner. So, the agreed term is over, but the store refuses to give the antique thing back. In this situation the judgment can require the return of the property to the owner, but not its value.

You might also consider the principle of fair estimation. It means that your property, which was damaged, can be compensated due to its value before the accident or other circumstances. The judge will consider the value of the subject of the case in its condition just before the damage. So, you can’t claim the value of the new car if it was five or six years old at the moment of accident.

To make clear all the questions you can consult with a special attorney in your town or city.