Small Claims Court
Small claims court is a special court where disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively. The rules are simple and informal. The person who sues is the plaintiff. The person who is sued is the defendant. In small claims court, you may ask a lawyer for advice before you go to court, but you cannot have a lawyer in court.
Small Claim matters are filed in the Civil Division. For more information about small claims, see Small Claims FAQ’s.
The Small Claims court has a monetary limit, called a jurisdictional limit, on the amount of money damages that a person can claim. The most you can ask for is $10,000 (businesses can only ask for up to $5,000); however, you are limited to filing no more than two claims anywhere in the State of California for over $2,500 in one calendar year. You may file an unlimited amount of claims for $2,500 or less.
Small Claims Court Advisor for Tehama County
CONTACTING THE SMALL CLAIMS ADVISOR
CONTACTING THE CIVIL DIVISION
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