Yes, if you desire to conduct pre-trial discovery, you can sue in limited jurisdiction superior court. You are not restricted to file only in small claims court, even if your claim is for under $1,000.
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It is your call to choose between civil court (regular) v. small claims. But the process is simple for small claims and it will be easy to explain in case of small claims.
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I agree. Superior Court limited civil is what you would file if you wish to conduct discovery. However, the complaint cost is $400+ which is almost half of what you are suing for. Are you sure you want to spend more money to litigate than you are likely to be awarded? You could try a letter from an attorney first to see if that can resolve the issue at a more reasonable cost. Good luck.
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