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ONE OF THE most fascinating aspects of the legal system involves the small claims court process. Often referred to as the "People's Court,"' it is a part of the court that comes most directly into contact with the citizenry of a jurisdiction. "Some cases are bizarre, most are interesting, and all are serious to the parties." 2 Provided that the dollar amount is less than or equal to the jurisdictional limit,3 almost any type of civil action can come to small claims court,4 irrespective of the complexity of the case