What does a stipulation in a Small claims court mean?
Lawyers don't autorized for does claims in this court.
In small claims court, a stipulation is a written agreement between the parties to a lawsuit that sets forth the terms of a settlement of the dispute. For example, it may provide for the payment of a fixed amount of money in installments over a period of time. If all payments are made the stipulation would ordinarily provide that the lawsuit is dismissed. However, if payments were not made as agreed, the Plaintiff would be entitled to a judgment for the unpaid amount.
The term "stipulation" is also sometimes used to refer to an agreement between the parties that certain facts exist or law applies to the facts of the case. Stipulations to facts eliminate the need to prove, by evidence (testimony or physical evidence) that the facts exist. Stipulations of law obviate disputes over what law applies to the facts of the dispute.
Generically, a stipulation is an agreement. In the context of a lawsuit, one can stipulate to facts, damages, either or both. In the context of small claims, a stipulation generally refers to a written agreement signed by the parties or their attorneys that specifies the terms of the settlement of a matter.