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The information below provides instructions for filing small claims actions.

Attention: The Iowa Judicial Branch has converted the court system to electronic filing. You must use the free and fillable and savable eForms provided on this website, unless you first obtain from the court an exemption from electronic filing.

Instructions for Filing a Small Claims Action for Money Judgment
eForms to complete: 3.1, 3.3, or 3.4

Instructions for electronically filing a small claims action for replevin
eForms to complete: 3.5, 3.27

Instructions for electronically filing a petition for forcible entry and detainer
eForms to Complete: 3.6

Instructions for defendant responding to or answering a small claims action

Steps to eFiling an Answer and Appearance in Small Claims

Note: If you have received a court order excusing you from electronic registration and electronic filing, you must use the paper forms and instructions located here.


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