The first thing to consider is if the case is of a special concern. Are you dealing with drug court? Do you need to be in front of a magistrate for family law? Is it criminal and thus brought by the State? Are you dealing with very low amounts of money? Is a will being probated?
These special cases are sent to the Court which deals with that type of law. This can send you to municipal court or to the Probate judge. If you are dealing with amounts less than a certain amount, you may be sent to small claims court. Regardless, these special situations direct you to the correct court.
In most other cases, you are looking at a decision between County Court and District Court. In deciding between these two courts it is important to look at the distinctions. First, County Court is limited to controversy’s in the amount of $15,000 or less. And second, cases which start in County court have limitations on appeals.
District court has neither of those limitations. There is a more direct path to the Supreme Court. There is not a maximum amount of damages in controversy. However, District Court may take longer to resolve an issue.
As the decision is being made, keep in mind both County and District Courts have Judges with the power to issue injunctions. If the demand is for less money and instead ask for the opposing side to do or not do something, either type of Court could work.
Deciding what court to submit a case to can be a challenge. There are positives to each as well as negatives. While the courts accept self represented litigants, a local attorney will be able to help choose where to file and to guide a litigant through the process.