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pequena causa



small claim


Comparative law notes


Small claims courts were first introduced in Brazil by Law No. 7,244/1984, which referred to small claims as "pequenas causas". Later, this law was revoked by Law No. 9,099/1995 and the term "pequena causa" was replaced by "causa de menor complexidade". However, the term "pequena causa" continues to be used informally.

Definitions of small claim


a legal claim involving a relatively small amount of damages, usually defined by statute and often heard in a particular court

She took the banks to the small claims court.