Cover letter for small claims court(5 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for small claims court.”

Examples of small claims court cover letters

The best format for writing a small claims court cover letter is as follows:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” 
  • An account of the original incident.
  • A summary of the damages arising from this incident.
  • A timeline of past actions taken.
  • A deadline for payment or response.
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement.

Sample 1: “Small claims court cover letter”


[Your Name, & Address here]


[Recipient Name & address here]

[Date here]

Despite many correspondences to you from my side, I received no response from you.

Now, I have no other option left to me, but to appeal in the court for the damages you caused to my property.

Therefore, I have filed a complaint against you with the ‘Small Claims Court’. And, for your information, the court has scheduled the hearing of this case on [hearing date].

In case you would like to resolve this issue out before the beginning of this case in the court, I am open to a discussion with you. However, if I don’t hear from you or, we don’t find any solution to this issue, then I will head to the court.


[Your name]

Encl: [Enclosures List here]”

Sample 2: “Small claims court cover letter”

“Dear Steve Kroger,

This letter serves as a formal demand for payment of $511.40, the total cost to repair the damage that you caused to my boat on June 10, 2017.

On this date, I agreed to lend you my boat on the condition that you assumed responsibility for any damage that might result from your usage. When you returned the boat to me, there was a significant gash along the port side of the hull suggesting that the boat had either run aground or scraped against a rigid surface.

I have included a copy of the repair estimate with this letter.

Though I have previously attempted to contact you to resolve this, sending an email on May 15, 2017, and leaving a voicemail message on May 21, 2017, as of the date of this letter, I had not received any response.

If I do not receive a full payment of $511.40 by July 15, 2017, I will have no choice but to file a claim in Nebraska small claims court.


Robert Morse”

Sample 3: “Small claims court cover letter”

“[Your address]

[Supplier’s address]


Reference: [a single sentence summing up your claim]

As it has not been possible to resolve this matter amicably, and it is apparent that court action may be necessary, I write in compliance with the Practice Direction on Pre-Action Conduct.

[Provide a summary of the facts of the dispute]

From you I am claiming [state what you want from the party you’re claiming from]

I have calculated this sum [state how you have calculated the amount being claimed]

Listed below are the documents on which I intend to rely in my claim against you:

[List the key documents that you will need to use to prove your claim]

In accordance with the Practice Direction on Pre-Action Conduct I would request that you provide me with copies of the following documents:

[List any documents you want from the party you are claiming from]

I can confirm that I would be agreeable to mediation and would consider any other system of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in order to avoid the need for this matter to be resolved by the courts. 

I would invite you to put forward any proposals in this regard. 

[Alternatively you can set out details of any ADR scheme that you would be prepared to use]

In closing, I would draw your attention to paragraphs 15 and 16 of the Practice Direction which gives the courts the power to impose sanctions on the parties if they fail to comply with the direction including failing to respond to this letter before claim. 

I look forward to hearing from you within the next 28 days. 

Should I not receive a response to my letter within this time frame, then I anticipate that court action will be commenced with no further reference to you.

Yours faithfully,”

Sample 4: “Small claims court cover letter”

“June 16, 20xx

Tucker’s Fix-It-Quick Garage

9938 Main Street

Houston, TX

Dear Mr. Tucker,

On May 21, 20xx, I took my car to your garage for servicing. Shortly after picking it up the next day, the engine caught fire. Fortunately, I was able to douse the fire without injury.

As a direct result of the engine fire, I paid the ABC garage $1,281 for necessary repair work. ABC garage indicated that your failure to properly connect the fuel line to the fuel injector caused the fire. I enclose a copy of their invoice. Also, I was without the use of my car for three days and had to rent a car to get to work. I enclose a copy of an invoice showing the rental cost of $145.

In a recent phone conversation, you claimed that the fire wasn’t the result of your negligence and would have happened anyway. And you said that even if it was your fault, I should have brought my car back to your garage so you could have fixed it at a lower cost.

As to the first issue, Peter Klein of the ABC Garage is prepared to testify in court that the fire occurred because the fuel line wasn’t correctly connected to the fuel injector, the exact part of the car you were working on. Second, I had no obligation to return the car to you for further repair. I had the damage you caused repaired at a commercially reasonable price and am prepared to prove this by presenting several higher estimates by other garages.

Please send me a check or money order for $1,426 on or before July 15. If I don’t receive payment by that date, I’ll promptly file this case in small claims court. And assuming I win and obtain a money judgment, which will be part of the public record available to credit agencies, I will promptly follow all legal avenues to collect it. You can reach me during the day at 555-555-2857 or in the evenings until 10 p.m. at 555-555-8967.


Marsha Rizzoli”

Sample 5: “Small claims court cover letter”

June 20, 20xx

Beyond Repair Construction

10 Delaney Avenue

Seattle, WA

Dear Sirs:

You recently did replacement tile work as a part of a remodeling project on my downstairs bathroom at 142 West Pine Street. On May 17, 20xx, I paid you $4,175 for completion of the job per our written agreement. Problems with your work surfaced two weeks later.

Specifically, on June 1, I noticed that the tile in the north portion of the shower had sunk almost half an inch, with the result that our shower floor was uneven and water pooled in the downhill corner before eventually going down the drain.

In our telephone conversations, you claimed that the problem was in my imagination, was my fault, and was minor. This response is unacceptable. I did not receive the competent remodeling job that I paid for and must hire someone else to fix the problem.

Please forward $1,200 (the cost of redoing the work per the enclosed estimate from ABC Tile) within ten days or to arrange to repair the work yourself. If I don’t hear from you by June 15, 20xx I will promptly file a lawsuit in small claims court.


Ben Price”

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