Originally Posted by yakers
Anyone else into court TV?
Anyone been to small claims court? Is it like the TV shows?
A few times, watched, got sick of it real fast.
DW and I had been to small claims court last fall. We sued the township over some zoning hearing fees by the township.
In our small town it was a tidy little affair. Just the township's lawyer, DW and I plus the Judge. The township's lawyer presented a check for the full amount of our pleading before the the judge, and asked the court to refund the court filing fee if we accept the township's check. By the way we rejected the same offer made via letter to us. The reason will be clear at the end of this ditty.
The judge asked if we will accept the check, we said yes, but we also want reimbursement for the court filing fees.
The town's lawyer asked the judge to refund the filing fees, since no trial. The judge very patiently expalined to the lawyer that the court does not refund any fees.
At this point the lawyer wrote a personal check of her own to cover the fees and handed it to us along with the town's check. The judge smiled. No trial, case closed.
So township saved the hassle of losing a case in court, and the publication of that fact.
We headed to the bank, cashed the checks. Had nice dinner later on money we considered long lost, with plenty of change left over.
We wanted to send a message to the township to never again screw around with us. Message sent, message received. All is well.
By the way if the township paid attention to our first written response they would have saved about $7000.- in various lawyers', investigative, engineering, etc. costs they incurred in this process.
We only wanted our $300.- zoning hearing fees refunded, for which we asked the township supervisors in a public townhall meeting. Go figure!