Small Claims - General Information
Phone: (415) 444-7040
Location: Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room 113
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm

For answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about small claims proceedings, please click here.

Online Resources

There are many online resources to assist parties in completing small claims forms. Here are some of the websites that can help.

  • For Judicial Council forms that can be filled in online, click here.
  • For local small claims forms, click here.
  • For access to the California Landlord Tenant Guide, click here.


Below are step-by-step, easy to follow instructions on the procedures, from the initial filing of a small claim through the appeal process if a party is dissatisfied with the judicial officer's ruling in the case. Due to the length of time it takes to initiate a new lawsuit, documents received in the clerk’s office after 3:30 p.m. will be time stamped with the current date and processed the following court business day. The date of filing will be the time stamped date.

Small Claims Advisor

Staff at Legal Self Help Services (LSHS) provide small claims advisor services to the public. They are equipped to assist parties in filing and responding to claims, provide information on procedures in these actions and help parties to adequately prepare for their court appearances. Services are available by phone at (415) 444-7130, Option 5.

Due to the high volume of court users, only limited services are available by telephone and email. It may take as long as five (5) court business days to receive a response from a staff member. If you require immediate assistance, please visit LSHS in person.

Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00am to 12:00pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm. To allow yourself enough time to receive assistance from the staff, and to complete your paperwork, please arrive at their office in Room C-27 no later than 45 minutes prior to closing.

The video Resolving Your Small Claims Case in the California Courts provides information regarding the options for resolving disputes involving $10,000 or less. If someone owes you – or claims you owe them – $10,000 or less, watching this video may help.