I filed a suit in small claims against a customer who signed a dog boarding contract worth $900. After the first day, he said he no longer needed our service but we require 45 days notice to withdraw from our service as noted in the contract that he signed.
Probably for courtroom procedural advantage. Small claims are very informal (ex: you can bring in anything and everything you want to prove your case, evidentiary standards are lax, motions are not really considered, etc.) whereas gen. dist. ct. civ. claims are a little more formal in procedure. If you are representing yourself pro se, the defendant's attorney may have seen an opportunity to make you comply with more formal procedures that you are inexperienced with.
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In addition to what Mr. Johnson writes, litigants are generally not able to be represented by counsel in small claims, other than for the purpose of removing the case to general district court. Therefore, if the defendant wants to be represented by counsel in the proceedings, he would need to have the case removed to GDC.
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