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Small Claims Cases: Under $10,000


COMMUNITY RESOURCES

These organizations may provide assistance with some aspects of small claims cases. Contact these organizations directly for more information about the services provided.

California Courts Self-Help Center – Small Claims
http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-smallclaims.htm

This website provides information about starting your case, presenting your case in court, and collecting your judgment. It also links to all necessary forms.

Small Claims Advisory Clinic  
http://www.saccourt.ca.gov/small-claims/small-claims.aspx 
916-875-7846
Carol Miller Justice Center, 301 Bicentennial Circle, Room 330
Monday - Friday 8 am 12 pm & 1 pm  –  4:30 pm
Services provided: Assistance with Small Claims matters.

Small Claims Court Electronic Filing System
http://www.saccourt.ca.gov/efiling/small-claims.aspx
Sacramento County Small Claims Court requires all cases and documents to be filed using this online system. This system can be accessed at the courthouse, or from any computer with internet access.

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FORMS

The Judicial Council creates the forms needed for a small claims lawsuit. Locate them online at the Sacramento County Court's website.
Small Claims Court Electronic Filing System
http://www.saccourt.ca.gov/efiling/small-claims.aspx


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ARTICLES

Everyday Law and Ask the County Law Librarian articles are written by Law Librarians on a variety of common legal issues.

PAMPHLETS

The Law Librarians created these pamphlets in response to frequently asked questions on subjects not appropriate for more substantive guides. 

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VIDEOS

Small Claims Court Process (1:36:38)
This SCPLL video discusses jurisdictional issues; improper or no proof of service; subpoena of bank or personal records v.s. privacy rights; countersuits; getting a judgment; appealing a judgment; collecting on a judgment; exemption claims; release of satisfaction on a judgment, and more. Resolving Small Claims Cases (1:48)
The Sacramento County Superior Court has posted videos on the small claims process in English, Spanish, and Russian.