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Small Claims Court

Small Claims Court is a special court where you can resolve disputes quickly  and inexpensively. The rules are simple. You are not allowed to have an attorney represent you (except on appeal).

Small Claims Court Overview

Monetary Limits for Small Claims Court: The amount in dispute may not exceed $10,000 for a natural person. If you are filing on behalf of a business the limit of your claim may not exceed $5,000.

You may file as many claims as you wish for up to $2,500 in small claims court but are limited to 2 claims for up to $5,000 each calendar year. If you are suing  a guarantor, you may sue for a maximum of $4,000 (or $2,500 if the guarantor does not charge for the service). A guarantor is one who promises to be responsible for the debt or default of another.

Small Claims and Civil Restraining Orders ZoomGov Instructions (English and Spanish)

Covid-19 Rental Debt Cases

Starting November 1, 2021, you can sue or be sued for COVID-19 rental debt in small claims. If you are suing a tenant for COVID-19 rental debt, you can sue for more than $10,000. For more information. Learn More.

Small Claims Court Services

  • Getting Help with Your Case

    Find resources to help with your case, including Fee Waivers, Mediation, and Small Claims Advisors.

  • Small Claims Dates and Times

    As of October 1, 2021, Small Claims cases will be heard in person at the Hayward Hall of Justice and Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse. Hearing Schedule.

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