Small Claims

Small Claims hearings scheduled through December 31, 2020 will be rescheduled with notice to be mailed to the parties’ addresses on file with the court.

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Small Claims Court handles Civil cases asking for $10,000.00 or less. It is a special court where disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively. Rules are simplified and the hearing is informal. There are no lawyers, no rules of evidence, and no juries. You don’t need to be a United States citizen to file or defend a case in Small Claims Court.
Some examples of problems that can be handled in Small Claims Court are:

  • Your landlord will not return your security deposit
  • Your car was damaged and the person responsible will not pay for repairs
  • Your new TV does not work and the store will not repair it
  • Your tenant damaged your property and the security deposit will not cover the full costs of repair
  • Your friend will not pay back the money you loaned them
  • etc…

To determine where you should file your claim, CLICK HERE.

To learn about going to small claims court, using instructions and guides to help you with your case, CLICK HERE.

Small Claims Fees & Forms
Small Claims Fees
Local Forms
Judicial Council Forms
Small Claims Plantiff’s Claim Packet
Small Claims Self-Help and Resources

Local Help and Resources

Small claims and alternative dispute resolution services are provided by Dispute Resolution Services of the San Joaquin County Bar Foundation (DRS).
All members of the public are encouraged to use the following services provided by DRS.

Small Claims Clinics:

Certified law students or attorneys will be available to answer the public’s questions, on a one-on-one basis regarding small claims. Services are free.

  • 2nd Tuesday of each month
    Located at:  Humphreys College, Laurence Drivon School of Law, 6650 Inglewood Avenue, Stockton CA  95207.
    How to Collect on Your Small Claims Judgment:  Sign in at the courtroom between 5:00 – 5:15PM.
    How to Begin Your Small Claims Case:  Sign in at the courtroom between 6:45 – 7:00PM.
    To participate, please make a reservation by calling the Small Claims Advisory Line at (209) 473-6463.

Small Claims Advisory Line

The public can call (209) 473-6463 at any time of the day to receive information regarding Small Claims Court forms and procedures, as well as referrals to other community resources. Trained advisory staff will respond to inquiries by telephone or email.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Services

Same day, in court mediation services with trained mediators will be available for parties of small claims, civil harassment, and unlawful detainer cases in accordance with the Dispute Resolution Programs Act of 1986. The program is voluntary and will be low- or no-cost to the community.

For more information about the services available, call (209) 474-8794 or visit

On-line Help and Resources