Small claims index

Find a specific page or step-by-step instructions within our small claims case information.

Small claims basics

Small claims in California

Small claims forms


Small Claims Advisors

    Start a small claims case (plaintiff)

    Case overview

    If you are suing for COVID-19 rental debt, there are separate instructions

    Being sued (defendant)


    Tips for preparing for small claims trial (Infographic | Video

    After the small claims trial

    What happens after your trial

    Satisfaction of judgment

    Ask to vacate (if you missed the trial)

    How to file an appeal

    What happens in an appeal

    Judgment renewals and interest rates

    Collections and payment


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