Statute of Limitations for Colorado Small Claims

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If you have a legal matter you believe can be filed in a Colorado small claims court, you must be aware of the statute of limitations or you could lose your right to file the claim.

Colorado Small Claims Court

A Colorado small claims court hears cases involving money, property or contracts where the disputed amount of money does not exceed $7,500. Common examples of cases that can be heard in a Colorado small claims court include landlord-tenant disputes, car accident cases where an insurance company is not involved and debt collection by a creditor.

Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations is a time frame within which the plaintiff must litigate the case. If the plaintiff fails to bring the defendant in front of the court within the statute of limitations she is generally forever barred from doing so. Each state legislates their own criminal and civil statute of limitations.

Colorado Small Claims Court Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations to file a small claims action over a written contract in Colorado is six years. If the contract was made orally then the statute of limitations is three years. For personal injury and property damage actions, the statute of limitations is two years.

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Renee Booker has been writing professionally since 2009 and was a practicing attorney for almost 10 years. She has had work published on Gadling, AOL's travel site. Booker holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Ohio State University and a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law.