The Small Claims Courts of Massachusetts can now issue damages up to $7,000.00. The increase, from the previous jurisdictional amount of $2,000, went into effect on August 1, 2010. This means that civil disputes in which damages sought are $7,000 or less can now be handled by the Small Claims Courts.
Those whose claims are worth more can still file in Small Claims, but must bear in mind that a judgment can not go over that amount. The exceptions are property damage claims for collision damage to a vehicle, in which there is no cap to recovery in small claims, and multiple damages allowable in a claim under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, M.G.L. c. 93. as long as the underlying claim is $7,000 or less. Here are the Small Claim Court filing fees: from 0 to $500: $40.00. From $501 - 2,000: $50.00. From $2001 - 5000, $100.00. From $5001 - 7000: $150.00