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UNC School of Government

Introduction to Holding Small Claims Court for Magistrates

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This 2 1/2 day school for magistrates new to holding small claims court focuses on topics such as judicial demeanor, small claims procedure, and a more detailed exploration of the law pertaining to contracts, summary ejectment, and negligence. Limited enrollment allows students ample opportunity to ask questions and interact with instructors, practice and receive feedback on judicial skills, and share information and experience with each other.

Topics - Courts and Judicial Administration

  • Civil Law and Procedure
  • Service of Process
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • Small Claims
  • Civil Procedure

Who should attend

  • Public Officials - Courts and Judicial Administration Roles
  • Magistrates


Dona Lewandowski joined the faculty of the Institute of Government in 1985 and spent the next five years writing, teaching, and consulting with district court judges in the area of family law. In 1990, following the birth of her son, she left the Institute to devote full time to her family. She r...