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Columbia County
341 E. Main St.
Dayton, WA 99328


Civil / Small Claims
Civil Jurisdiction
If the value of the claim or the amount at issue does not exceed $100,000, exclusive of interest, costs, and attorneys’ fees, the District Court shall have jurisdiction and cognizance of these civil actions and proceedings.

Small Claims Jurisdiction
The small claims department has jurisdiction over civil actions seeking the recovery of money only if the amount claimed does not exceed $5,000, as per Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Chapter 12.40.010. A plaintiff who allegedly has suffered damages in excess of this amount nonetheless may file in small claims court, but by doing so he or she waives the right to recover anything in excess of the small claims department’s jurisdiction.

The small claims department’s jurisdiction is not exclusive, as per RCW 12.40.010. Such an action also may be brought in district court or superior court, although the case then would be handled according to the more complex and formal procedures which govern civil actions in those courts.

If you have any questions about civil or small claims, please refer Columbia County's local rules or the Washington Courts website.




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