Should you have to be present for the hearing in small claims court? 17 Answers as of May 26, 2015

I recently moved to one state but I have a billing issue in another state and would like to sue someone in small claims court there. It is a long story, and I just want to know whether I will have to go back for the court hearing. Can I do it remotely?

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Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
How can you present your case if you are not there?
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/26/2015
Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
Check with the clerk of court in the county where the small claims action will be started. Some courts permit appearance by telephone for these things; others do not. You will probably be directed to ask the judicial officer to whom the case is assigned. Good Luck.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 5/26/2015
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
You would have to check with the Court in the other state, but my guess is that you would have to be there. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 5/26/2015
Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
Most small claims courts insist that the parties be present if they are going to proceed with the case.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 5/26/2015
Utah Injury Lawyer
Utah Injury Lawyer | Will Rodgers
You can appear remotely by telephone or video conference; however, the remote appearance is usually required to be approved before the hearing. Otherwise, you have to appear in person. So, ask and get the court to approve a remote appearance well before the hearing date and do not miss it.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Replied: 5/26/2015
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