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Small Claims

General Information:

Please note the $1 statutory rate per page applies if the forms are obtained by coming into our office or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request enclosed to:

Clerk's Office - Small Claims Division
PO Box 547
Bloomington, Indiana 47402

Effective July 1, 2021, the maximum amount that can be sought in Small Claims Court is $10,000.00.

Court dates are given 6 weeks in advance, and the notice to the defendant is sent Certified Mail, unless otherwise specified when filing. *Please note that there may be a delay in the Clerk issuing Notice of Hearing due to remote hearings being scheduled. This could mean the Clerk does NOT issue notice of hearing on the same date as the case is filed.

 Often a Corporate Resolution is filed to allow staff members to represent a business in court. Effective January 1, 2022, parties will be required to file this into each small claims case rather than merely recording it once with the Clerk's Office. 

Order Amending Rules for Small Claims - Effective 01/01/2022

Effective 01/01/2021, a new Eviction (EV) case type was implemented. Evictions may be filed in either the Civil or Small Claims docket. 

Please label Emergency Evictions by writing EMERGENCY on top of your submissions. The Clerk expedites the processing of emergency pleadings by alerting the Court immediately. If the Court deems the matter an emergency, then hearings are typically set within (15) business days.

Citizens of Indiana have access to case filings not precluded by Rules on Access to Court Records Rule 5.  If you wish to view a pending case or a closed case, Odyssey (the judicial tracking information program) provides access to court information via the internet.  You can access case information without visiting or placing a call to the Justice Building.  Please note: Juvenile and mental health matters, per Rules on Access to Court Records Rule 5 are not accessible.

Visitors must know at the minimum the first 3 letters of the last name or full case number to perform the search.  If you are using only the first 3 letters, place an * after the 3rd letter prior to submitting.

The link to the website is:

**Juvenile Paternity cases filed prior to July 1, 2014 may not appear on**

Case Type Quick Reference

Effective 01/01/2021, a new Eviction (EV) case type was implemented. Evictions may be filed in either the Civil or Small Claims docket. 

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Fee Waiver Requests

Failure to Rule on Motion 

These Trial Rules are officially titled “Failure to rule on motion” and “Time for holding issue under advisement; delay of entering a judgment” but are commonly known as the “lazy judge” rules.

Glossary of Legal Terms

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*Please note the applicable Sheriff Service fee of $28 is to be paid to the Circuit Court Clerk. The fee is paid to the county which has jurisdiction of the case. Parties are to take proof of payment and copies to the County Sheriff's Office in which the party to be served lives. For more details, contact the Circuit Court Clerk or

Motion for a Continuance of Hearing

Release of Judgment

State Offered Court Forms

Court Forms Available from Monroe County Clerk

Court Forms Available from Monroe Circuit Court

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Indiana Rules of Court Rules of Trial Procedure

Monroe Circuit Court Local Rules

Housing and Eviction Prevention Project

Self-Help Forms and Resources

Small Claims Manual

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Bloomington, IN 47404
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