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Suffolk County District Court - Instructions for Mailing the Small Claims Complaint Form (DC-283)

These instructions are for use with the Suffolk District Court Adobe Acrobat PDF DocumentDC-283 Small Claims Complaint Form


The Maximum You Can Sue For Is $5000

  • On the form, request Day Court or Night Court. Night Court is in Ronkonkoma on certain Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. If you wish day court, choose from the Civil Division Courts and contact them as to which days Small Claims are calendared.
  • You are the Plaintiff. Write your last name, first name, street address and telephone number (a Post Office Box alone is not acceptable).
  • Write the defendants full name and street address - a PO Box alone is not acceptable. The defendant must reside, work or have a business address within the five western towns of Suffolk County.
  • Check only one cause of action. (If you cannot decide, pick #85).
  • State briefly the reason why you are suing.
  • State the total amount you are suing for.
  • Sign and date the form in the presence of a Court Clerk or Notary.


FEES page for the fee to "SMALL CLAIMS - File an action"

Do not send cash through the mail. Send a money order or check payable to the CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT for the correct fee.

Please enclose a SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE if you are mailing the application.

Deliver or mail the form and fee to the Civil Division Courthouse where you want the claim to be heard.

(You must be a New York State based Corporation in order to file in Commercial Small Claims; see Commercial Small Claim complaint form instructions)

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