Law Updates: Small claims now up to P400K

The Supreme Court has announced through its Courts News Flash that the limit on small claims will be increased starting on April 2019.


  • Starting 01 April 2019, small claims cases up to Php400,000.00 may now be filed with the Metropolitan Trial Courts.
  • Courts are required to resolve the case within 30 days from filing of the Statement of Claim.

What are covered by small claims?

“Actions that are purely civil in nature where the claim or relief prayed for by the plaintiff is: (a) solely for payment or reimbursement of sum of money owed under any of the following: contract of lease, contract of loan, contract of services, contract of sale or contract of mortgage; (b) for liquidated damages arising from contracts; and (c) the enforcement of a barangay amicable settlement or an arbitration award involving a money claim pursuant to Sec. 417 of the Local Government Code, may be filed under the Revised Rules on small claims.”

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