Civil Division, Small Claims (Historic Courthouse)
1 Court Square, Graham NC 27253
Phone: (336) 570-5203, Fax: (336) 570-5201

Small Claims Court handles civil matters involving less than $5,000.00 in controversy and are heard by magistrates instead of judges.  Small claims actions and proceedings are generally far less formal than District and Superior Court counterparts.  Some examples of Small Claims include landlord-tenant disputes, complaints for money owed, and actions seeking the recovery of personal property.

The Clerk’s Office has forms you may fill out to initiate a small claim.  The Clerk’s Office may not instruct you on how to fill out these forms.  You may also access these forms via our website at http://www.nccourts.org/ through the forms link, or click on the links below. Some forms may be two sided, so make sure to print sides 1 and 2 of the forms.

  • The filing fee for Small Claims court is $96 cash or money order made payable to the Alamance County Clerk of Court.
  • Additionally, there is a $30 service fee for each defendant. This service fee must be in the form of cash or a money order payable to the Alamance County Sheriff’s Department. The full amount of the cost and sheriff’s fees may be paid to the clerk.

Summary Ejectments or Evictions

The following are the forms needed for Summary Ejectments or Evictions. You will need 1 original and 2 copies for 1 defendant. You will need 1 original and 4 copies for 2 defendants.

*PLEASE NOTE: WHEN FILING FOR AN EVICTION – PLEASE PROVIDE A STAMPED ENVELOPE, ADDRESSED TO THE DEFENDENT

Money Owed

The following are the forms needed for suing for Money Owed. You will need 1 original and 1 copy for 1 defendant. You will need 1 original and 2 copies for 2 defendants.

Return of Personal Property

The following are the forms needed for suing for the Return of Personal Property. You will need 1 original and 1 copy for 1 defendant. You will need 1 original and 2 copies for 2 defendants.

Notice of Voluntary Dismissal

If the dispute is settled between the time you file your paperwork and the time you come to court, then you must fill out a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal. This notifies both parties and the courts that the lawsuit has been settled.

If you want copies of these filed forms, provide the Clerk’s Office with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a copy will be returned to you. For more information regarding a Small Claim, you may wish to access the North Carolina Legal Aid publication: Guide to Small Claims