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Small Claims Appeal Process
The Tribunal's Small Claims Division utilizes an informal hearing process to resolve the majority of all appeals filed with the Tribunal. Parties typically represent themselves in such appeals. Steps to a Small Claims Appeal:
2. Notice of Docket
1. Initiating Appeal
- The Tribunal will send a Notice of Docket to Petitioner and Respondent. This will put Respondent on notice to access, complete, and mail an answer form.
4. Notice of Hearing
- There is no discovery in the Small Claims Division except by leave of Tribunal only, as provided by TTR 261.
- Notice of the scheduling of a hearing is sent to both parties approximately 45 days in advance of the hearing.
- The notice will provide the date, time, and location of the hearing.
6. Opinion and Judgment
- Small Claims hearings are generally 30 minutes in length.
- The presiding judge will be a Tribunal member or hearing officer.
- Parties are required to submit their documentary evidence to the Tribunal and the opposing party at least 21 days in advance of the scheduled hearing date, as provided by TTR 287.
- A party may request that a hearing be conducted "on the file," as provided by TTR 255.
- A party may request that a hearing be adjourned.