Salt Lake City

Justice Court

John L. Baxter Courthouse | 333 S 200 E, Salt Lake City UT 84111

Small Claims

The Small Claims section of the Salt Lake City Justice Court is designated to settle monetary legal issues and problems arising from contractual, service disputes and other claims. Small Claims cases are governed by Utah Code title 78A, Chapter 8. The rules for Small Claims can be found in the Utah Court Rules annotated, Utah Rules of Small Claims Procedure.

All small claims hearings are being conducted remotely via WebEx.  Please contact us at to provide an updated email address and phone number, so you receive the link to join your trial.  

How to File and Prepare for Court

  • Verify jurisdiction
    • A case must be filed where the defendant resides or the claim arose (where the events happened).
    • Jurisdiction map. Click on Basemap then select County Basemap, if you get an error message, click okay, the map will still work.
  • File your case
    • Once you have determined that Salt Lake City Justice Court has jurisdiction over your case, click here to access your Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) forms. To file your case you will need to deliver your forms to the Salt Lake City Justice Court with the appropriate filing fees, or you may email them to Please make sure your contact info is on there and we will contact you for payment.
      • If you have been granted an exemption (ADA, Language Barrier, No access to internet) from filing through Online Dispute Resolution, click here to access forms and file your case with the court.
  • Mediation
    • For cases that meet the ODR exemption criteria, Utah Dispute Resolution will be available to assist in your case if you desire mediation.  They are available at the beginning of each court session to help mediate small claims cases. 
  • For more on the Small Claims Process, including Fees and Frequently Asked Questions, go to the Utah Courts’ self-help page.

If English is not your primary language and you are unable to understand or communicate in English, the court will appoint an interpreter for you for all court hearings. You must request a court interpreter at least 3 days before the hearing or the hearing may have to be postponed. To request a court interpreter, you may call the court at (801)535-6300, you may also email the court at, so that an interpreter may be scheduled to appear at your court hearing.

Small Claims Standing Order

SC Standing Order-click here.

Legal Resources

Utah State Bar list of Legal Clinics

Modest Means Lawyer Referral Program

Other Courts

Click on the following link for the jurisdictional map. Click on Basemap then select County Basemap, if you get an error message, click, okay, as the map still works.

Jurisdictional map

ADA Accommodation

ADA Notice: If you are a party to a case, a witness or prospective juror and you need special accommodations (including communication aids and services) during an upcoming proceeding, please call the Salt Lake City Justice Court at (801)535-6300, or fax the court at (801)535-6302 at least three business days before the proceeding.

Audio Request

If you had a court hearing and would like a copy of the recording, please click here for the Audio Records Request form. Please fill it out and turn it into the court. The cost is $15.00 per disc or per half day of testimony (postage extra if, done by mail).