Introduction to Holding Small Claims Court for Magistrates

This course is sponsored by NC Administrative Office of the Courts.

Introduction to Holding Small Claims Court, Part 1 (required for Civil Certification)

This 18-hour online seminar is designed for magistrates – whether recent Basic School graduates or experienced criminal magistrates – who are new to holding small claims court. The class will consist of 9 two-hour modules taking place over a five-week period. The sessions will consist of lecture accompanied by a variety of interactive exercises, and students will need uninterrupted online access during each session. Content will include small claims procedure, contract law, negligence, and motor vehicle liens, with emphasis on the pragmatic application of legal principles in the small claims courtroom.

NOTE: Intro Part 1 does not deal with landlord-tenat topics. Those will be covered in Part 2.

 

Introduction to Holding Small Claims Court, Part 2 (satisfies a Civil Certification requirement)

This 18-hour online seminar is designed for all small claims magistrates, including those who are new to holding small claims court. The class will consist of 9 two-hour modules taking place over a five-week period. The sessions will consist of lecture accompanied by a variety of interactive exercises, and students will need uninterrupted online access during each session. Content will include all aspects of summary ejectment law, with our emphasis always on the pragmatic application of legal principles in the small claims courtroom.  

NOTE: Intro Part 1 is a recommended prerequisite for magistrates new to small claims, but it is not a requirement for admission.

Additional information

Attendees: NC Magistrates presently holding or preparing to hold Small Claims Court

 
Credit: Magistrate CLEs and NC Bar CLEs
 
CJE18.00 hrs
  • May 28 - June 25, 2020
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    Registration for Intro to Small Claims Court I is now closed.

    Registration for Intro to Small Claims Court II will open at a later date. 

     

    Technology Requirements to Attend this Course: 
    Because this is an online course, reliable internet access is mandatory. You must be able to connect in a way that allows you to see the screen, hear the speaker, and also be heard with either a built-in or detached microphone. A camera, allowing us to see you, is very much desired, but not required.

     

    Absence Policy:
    A student may receive full credit for completing the course if no more than two sessions are missed and missed sessions are made up. A student who needs to be absent for a session can make it up by watching the recorded session, completing and submitting any written work included in the session, and completing an additional assignment. The additional assignment will not be burdensome, and it will be aimed at replacing the interactive component of the missed session.

For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar, Registration and Client Services Group
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Jessica O'Sullivan

Program Manager, Courts Group
919.962.9754
Donna Lewandowski
Teaching Associate Professor of Public Law and Government