Saturday, May 21, 2011

Small Claims Cases: Someone owes you a hundred thousand pesos or less and refuses to pay?

That’s bad news. The good news is, you do not need to get a lawyer to file a collection case for you, thanks to the “Small Claims Cases” project of the Supreme Court.

The “Small Claims Cases” is a special procedure where money claims for a hundred thousand pesos or less are heard. The process is quick and inexpensive; the procedure is simple and informal. No lawyers are allowed. Forms for the complaint and the defendant’s answer are freely available, in English and Filipino. The hearing and the judge’s decision are completed in one day.

At the moment, however, this procedure is available only in 22 first-level courts (Metropolitan Trial Courts, Municipal Trial Courts in Cities, Municipal Trial Courts, and Municipal Circuit Trial Courts) in the following cities: Manila, Makati, Pasay, Quezon City, Caloocan, Pasig, Antipolo, Bacoor (Cavite), Baguio, Angeles, San Fernando, Cabanatuan, Malolos, San Pablo, Angeles, Bacolod, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and Gen. Santos.

For more information, please browse the following PDFs:

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