Carlo Esqueda

Clerk of Circuit Court and Register in Probate

Dane County Courthouse
Room 1000
215 S Hamilton St.
Madison, WI 53703
Map to the Courthouse

Phone: (608) 266-4311
Fax: (608) 267-8859
TTY: Call Wisconsin Relay 711

Hours:
7:45 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed all County holidays

Customers should arrive in time to complete all business by 4:30 PM

All filings and requests through the mail require a self addressed stamped envelope to return incorrect and/or processed paperwork and receipts to you. Please ensure all required documents are properly notarized before filing with the court.

Small Claims Forms

Dane County requires certain information to be on the Small Claims Summons and Complaint form, SC-500. Dane County has made filing of this document easier by providing form SC-500 with the required information already added to the form. Summons and Complaint Form download this form or go to the Dane County Legal Resource Center to obtain a copy. It is requested that the SC-500 on the Dane County Clerk of Courts website be used as opposed to the blank version on the state website. Filing the version on the state website will only delay the processing time, as you will be required to fill in that information at the time of filing, and make your copies after you have the form completed.

Note to users: Forms in PDF format are not fillable and need to be printed out to be completed. Forms in Word format are fillable, but fields expand as you type. Make sure you print out all pages of the forms as text may have added more pages than the original format.

Printed copies of these forms are also available from the Dane County Legal Resource Center for a small fee. Call (608) 266-6316 for more information.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

If you file an action WITHOUT an attorney, you are responsible for details. These responsibilities include:

  • Reading the Small Claims Guide
  • Properly naming all parties
  • Securing all party addresses
  • Properly submitting the claim
  • Making sure the action was properly, and timely, served
  • Making court appearances
  • Complying with statutory and local court rules and procedures
  • Taking post-judgment action to enforce collection of any judgment
  • Satisfying paid judgments

The Clerk of Courts office serves record keeping functions and is available to assist you with non-legal, procedural, information.

Small Claims Information Documents

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    SC-6000: Basic Guide to Wisconsin Small Claims Actions

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    SC-6010: Pre-Judgment: Basic Steps for Handling a Small Claims Case for Eviction

Note on Writs of Eviction: If you are awarded a writ for eviction, it is suggested that you check with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office prior to obtaining the writ if you are going to arrange the move independently, not through the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. If you obtain a writ and take it directly to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, you should advise them at that time whether or not you will be arranging the move yourself or having the Sheriff's Department do the move. If you plan on doing it yourself, request instructions from the Sheriff’s Department on what you need to do.

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    SC-6020: Pre-Judgment: Basic Steps for Handling a Small Claims Case for Recovery of Money ($5,000 or less)

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    SC-6050: Pre-Judgment Basic Steps to Small Claims Service

  •   Adobe Acrobat format

    SC-6060: Post-Judgment: Basic Steps for Docketing a Judgment for Collection

  •   Adobe Acrobat format

    SC-6090: Post-Judgment: Basic Steps in Collecting on a Judgment for Money

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    SC-6100: Post-Judgment: Basic Steps in Collecting on a Judgment for Replevin

Small Claims Documents

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    Small Claims Instruction Sheet

  •   Adobe Acrobat format

    SC-500 Summons and Complaint

  •   Adobe Acrobat format

    Summary of Form GF-175 Affidavit of Nonmilitary Service

  •   Adobe Acrobat format

    Filling out the Affidavit of Nonmilitary Service

  • Microsoft Word format Web page format

    GF-175 Affidavit of Nonmilitary Service

  • Microsoft Word format Web page format

    SC-516 Summons for Consumer Replevin

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    Deficiency Claim

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    SC-5200 Answer and Counterclaim

Service Documents

  •   Adobe Acrobat format

    Instructions for Service of Summons and Complaint

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    SC-5160 Publication Notice and Summons

Post-Judgment Documents

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    Demand for Trial/SC-517 Demand for Trial and Instructions

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe pdf format

    Garnishment Process & Fees

  •   Web Page

    CV-425 Earnings Garnishment - Objection to Debtor's Answer & Demand for Hearing

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe pdf format

    SC-302/CV-302 Non-Earnings Garnishee Answer

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    SC-301 Small Claims Non-Earnings Garnishment Summons and Complaint

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    Affidavit of Default (For use in Eviction Cases Only)

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    SC-5420 Affidavit of Noncompliance and Order for Money Judgment

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    Rent and Damages Claim

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    Instructions for Motion to Reopen Small Claims Judgment

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    SC-515 Motion to Reopen Small Claims Judgment & Order

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    SC-511 Petition to Answer or to Reopen Small Claims Judgment & Order

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    Instructions for Motion & Order for Hearing on Contempt

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    SC-507 Motion & Order for Hearing on Contempt

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    SC-514 Writ of Replevin

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    Application for Order of Satisfaction of Judgment Due to Discharge in Bankruptcy

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    Motion to Amend Judgment/Caption

Other Documents

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    Fee Waiver Instructions

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    Procedimiento: Solicitud para Exención de Honorarios, Declaración de Indigencia y Orden (Formulario CV-410)

  • Microsoft Word format Adobe Acrobat format

    Change of Address form