When you file your Small Claims suit, the Clerk will set a hearing date for your case. This is when you and the Defendant will argue your case in Court before the Judge. Small Claims Court is held on Tuesday mornings in the Circuit Courtroom of the Teton County Courthouse, located at the corner of King and Simpson Streets in Jackson.
The Clerk will give or mail you a copy of your Affidavit and a copy of the Summons, and will see that the appropriate papers are delivered to the Sheriff’s Office with your service fee. The Sheriff will make every attempt to serve the copy of the Affidavit and Summons on your Defendant within the nine-day period required. If the Defendant(s) are not served during this time period, an Alias Summons can be issued with a different Court date. You will be required to provide a $50 service fee for each attempt at service of the Defendant(s). It is for this reason that you must be sure of the accuracy of the service address you supply.
The Sheriff’s Office will serve the copy of the Affidavit and Summons on the Defendant and will return the original Summons to the Court. You will need to call the Court to check on the status of service. If the papers have not been served on or by the Friday before your scheduled Court date, an Alias Summons can be issued with a later Court date and this will give the Sheriff’s Office another chance to serve the papers.