If you file your claim by mail, please note that the Plaintiff`s signature on the Affidavit must be signed before a Notary Public. Small Claims suits require two separate checks or money orders, one payable to Teton County Circuit Court for the $10 filing fee, and one payable to Teton County Sheriff's Office for the service fee ($50 per summons). Do not send one check to cover both fees, it will be returned to you and your case will be delayed until proper (separate) payment is received.
While you can file your claim by mail, you must appear in Court to prosecute your claim. You may contact the Court to learn an available Court date, and the dates between which your claim must be received in order to accommodate your appearance on the date you choose. If you are filing your claim from outside Teton County, in order to avoid a trip to Jackson if your Defendant has not been served, please be aware of the following.
You must call the court prior to your court date to see if the Defendant was served. If the Defendant has not been served, you would want to know that prior to coming to Jackson. You can request an Alias Summons be issued with a new court date, you will also need to send another $50 service fee. If you have any questions about the Small Claims Affidavit or Summons, please read the instructions. If you still have questions, call the Court`s Office before completing the forms. If they are incorrectly filled out, they will be returned to you for correction, which may delay your Court date.