Small claims are usually available for download on a court's website or can be requested with a self-addressed envelope, according to the Judicial Council of California. Some courts require a form to be signed by the claimant before being submitted, such as the New York Small Claims Court.
Small claims courts typically issue a variety of application and information forms that accompany the small claims application for both claimants and defendants, according to the Judicial Council of California. Some states may issue forms that are approved by the local court in addition to those authorized by the state judicial council, according to the Superior Court of Los Angeles. Court employees and clerk's staff are usually available to guide a claimant or defendant through the process of filing a claim and submitting all necessary forms, according to the Judicial Branch of Indiana.
A typical small claims form requires detailed information about the claim being filed including the names, telephone numbers and street addresses of the claimant and the defendant as well as the details of the applicable small claims court where the case is filed and heard, according to the Judicial Branch of Indiana. Small claims courts in the United States require a claimant to include a detailed description of the claim, the Judicial Council of California reports.