Law 101

Small Claims

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.

Community Resources

Family Court For Help
Small Claims Advisory Clinic, Sacramento
Handshake Alternative to Court
Sacramento Mediation Center


The Judicial Council creates the forms needed for a small claims lawsuit.

Form Resources

Keyboard Write a Demand Letter Free program will help you write a demand letter asking for money.
Computer mouse Small Claims E-Filing (currently unavailable) Filing a small claims case online is currently unavailable in Sacramento County.
Court Summons Judicial Council Forms You may fill out and print these forms for in-person filing.

Common Questions

The Law Librarians write articles on a variety of common legal issues.

Related Websites

Judge on the bench Small Claims From the California Courts Self-Help Center.
Swearing in Small Claims Court From the Sacramento County Superior Court


Free online videos on small claims-related topics.

How to File and Prepare a Winning Small Claims Case in Sacramento Provides information about filing a small claims case in Sacramento County.
Resolving Small Claims Cases Describes the options for resolving disputes involving $10,000 or less.