§59-2-7. Judgment where recovery is fifty dollars or less in
action ex contractu.
In any personal action on contract instituted in a court of
record, wherein it is ascertained that not more is due the
plaintiff than fifty dollars, exclusive of interest, judgment shall
be given for the defendant, unless the court enter of record that
the matter in controversy was of greater value than fifty dollars,
exclusive of interest; in which case it may give judgment for the
plaintiff for what is ascertained to be due him, with or without
costs, as to it may seem right.