Small claims court disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively, without either party represented by a lawyer. The rules are simple and informal, and are intended for use by those with no legal training. A small claims judgment has the same force as any other court judgment, and may be enforced or collected upon using normal collection techniques.
Sacramento Superior Court
Carol Miller Justice Center
301 Bicentennial Circle, Room 330
Sacramento, CA 95826
Free assistance is available for both the plaintiff and defendant. All small claims litigants are referred by the court to our mediation program. At mediation, our aim is to resolve cases to the benefit of both parties. Benefits of a mediated agreement can include certainty of the outcome, avoidance of a judgment, and flexible terms.
This free clinic advises and answers questions from both plaintiffs and defendants regarding the small claims process, such as:
- Necessary pre-filing steps (demand letters, etc.)
- Basic legal information
- Which forms to fill out and how to file
- Pre-trial preparation: What evidence to bring to trial, how to present case at trial, etc.
- Post-trial process: How to collect a judgment; What to do if you disagree with a judgment
Services not provided:
- Clinics DO NOT fill out forms for litigants.
- Clinics DO NOT provide representation or advocate on behalf of litigants.
2015 J St Sacramento #204
Sacramento, CA 95814
Confidential and neutral conciliation and mediation services in neighborhood, landlord/tenant, real estate, family, commercial, organization, consumer/merchant, employer/employee, victim/offender and other disputes. Mediation services are not provided for physical or sexual assault cases. Also provides mediation training.