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Oklahoma Law to Raise Small Claim Court Limits

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Oklahoma has adopted a bill that will raise the limit on the monetary amount plaintiffs can seek in small claims court.

The Oklahoman reports that the law signed by Gov. Mary Fallin this week will increase the limit from $7,500 to $10,000. Civil cases that exceed those amounts will be filed in district court.

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma attorney Brian Bishop says the new limit is a reasonable change. He says small claims court is where people can settle disagreements more easily without having to hire a lawyer.

Jari Askins, administrative director of the courts, says the courts could see somewhat higher revenue because the new law will also expand a $10 fee to some smaller cases.

The measure takes effect Nov. 1.