Any individual, business, partnership, or corporation (with a couple of
exceptions) may bring a small claims suit for recovery of money only for an
amount up to $5,000. In general, the claim must be filed in the district court
of the county in which the defendant(s) reside. Exceptions and specific rules
can be found at RCW 3.66.040. The state of
Washington may not be sued in Small Claims Court. Attorneys and paralegals are
excluded from appearing or participating with the plaintiff or defendant in a
small claims suit unless the judge grants permission.