Small claims cases vary based on the subject matter. In general, the time it takes you to do all your research, gather your evidence, and file your small claims dispute with a clerk can take weeks to months. After that, approximately two months can pass until your court date. Until then, you can prepare yourself for your court hearing. When the appointed day comes, expect to spend all day in the courthouse, given the high volume of small claims cases. If you are fortunate enough to win, the court will rarely collect your award for you, so be prepared to take care of that task yourself. Though a few months is the standard amount of time it takes for a small claims dispute to be resolved, certain cases, such as personal injury disputes, can take up to two years.