Keywords

court, small claims, narrative discourse

Abstract

Small claims court is not a building or a courtroom, but a special procedure, established by each state, which simplifies the court process for a specified range of civil disputes involving relatively small amounts of money (Ruhnka 1878: 1). The intent of the small claims process is to provide the parties involved (litigants) with an opportunity for a low cost, speedy means of settling a dispute. Litigants (plaintiff and defendant) in small claims court may represent themselves in a semi-formal setting where the normal legal rules for the presentation of evidence have been simplified.

Original Publication Citation

Tanner, M. (1987, Spring). "Your honor, it was like this...": Narrative discourse in small claims court. Working Papers in Educational Linguistics(pp. 23-31). Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania. ACCEPTED

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1987

Publisher

University of Pennsylvania

Language

English

College

Humanities

Department

Linguistics

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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