Question by  fboulay (15)

What are treble payments in a small claims suit?

I need to understand what treble payments are for.


Answer by  patti (29325)

A judge can award "treble damages," which allow him or her to triple the amount of the original request. The compensation for such an award is called "treble damage payments. "


Answer by  BlueSlug (47)

Treble (or triple) damages are usually awarded by a judge in cases where the harm suffered by the plaintiff is egregiously bad or irreparable.


Answer by  tml (538)

The concept of treble payments in a claims suit means the payment awarded to the winning party is three times the original claim filed. So if a claim was originally filed as $100, the final award would be $300. Treble damages are usually awarded were there was intentional and malicious conduct. The treble award is meant to send a message.

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