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Small Claims

Small Claims Court

Small Claims is a court where you can exercise your rights to resolve a dispute for damages of $12,500 or less. Small Claims court is generally less complex and observes more relaxed rules.  

The case litigants represent themselves - attorneys are not allowed to represent a client in small claims court.  Parties are allowed to consult with an attorney outside of Court if they want to do that.  It is not required.  Case litigants may also choose to consult with the Small Claims Advisor located in the Self-Help Center.

No Cost Small Claims Advisor

Under the code of Civil Procedure, Section 116.260, each county is required to provide individual assistance and advice to small claims litigants and potential litigants at no charge. This service is conducted by the Nevada County Court's Self Help Center. Appointments are not necessary, however the Advisor will only meet with litigants in person.

The following outlines the basic functions and limitations of the Small Claims Advisor:

  • The Advisor can only assist you in matters which could involve Small Claims Court and related areas.
  • The Advisor will offer you information and opinions based upon education, experience and the facts presented.
  • The Advisor may provide information regarding referrals to other agencies.
  • The Advisor may suggest a lawyer referral service when issues are complex or more detailed attention is desired.
  • The Advisor may refer you to the Law Library or other source to research your own inquiries further.
  • The Advisor cannot represent anyone and is not an advocate.
  • The Advisor does not prepare forms or documents.
  • Communications with the Advisor are confidential.

Filing Resources

Please refer to the information sheet located in our Small Claims Packets available on this website under Forms & Filing.
Printed copies are available at either courthouses or in the Self Help Center.

On-Line Resources

California Courts - Small Claims information
California Department of Consumer Affairs - Small Claims Guide

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