Small CLaims

Disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively in Small Claims Court, where the rules are simple and informal. Litigants may not be represented by an attorney. Generally, claims are limited to $5,000. The jurisdictional limit is 10,000 for individuals who are filing a claim in the Small Claims Division.  Corporations, partnerships, governmental entities, and other legal entities cannot claim more than $5,000. Individuals may file unlimited claims for up to $2,500 each in a year. However, individuals may only file two claims a year that seek more than $2,500.

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Case Calendar

Case information is available at S.F. Superior Court Online Services. You must have the case number or party name for an inquiry.

 

Videoconference Hearings in Small Claims

额索赔之视频会议听证会

小額索賠之視訊會議聽證會

Mga Pagdinig sa Small Claims sa Pamamagitan ng Video Conference

Слушания по мелким тяжбам в формате видеоконференций

Audiencias por videoconferencia en Reclamos Menores

Các Phiên Tòa Qua Hội Nghị Truyền Hình về Các Vụ Khiếu Nại Nhỏ

Effective Monday, February 22, 2021, the Small Claims Department will be holding hearings by videoconference, and the public can view and/or listen to hearings, by clicking on the appropriate link below. At least 10 calendar days before the hearing the party requesting to appear by Zoom must obtain and submit the following forms:   

  1. Request to Appear by Zoom
  2. Declaration Re: Request to Appear by Zoom
  3. Order Re: Request to Appear by Zoom     

If you have evidence such as documents or pictures, which support your case, send them to the opposing party, and Department 506 at least 5 days before the hearing. 

Small Claims (Department 506) Zoom link: (https://sfsuperiorcourt-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pQ8VosaNRGa78-kGyiMABg)

If unable to join using the links above, the hearings may be joined by telephone by dialing: 1-415-762-9988 

Department 506: Meeting ID: 86113173445  Passcode: 805364

Self-Help

https://www.sfsuperiorcourt.org/self-help/small-claims

THE SMALL CLAIMS MEDIATION PROGRAM IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.

Case information is available at S.F. Superior Court Online Services. You must have the case number or party name for an inquiry.

Forms

See Small Claims Instructions for what you need to file your Small Claims case.

To request a Small Claims Forms by mail, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Small Claims Division, 400 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94102. The Small Claims Packet with envelope weighs 3 ounces.

Small Claims Video Conference Appearance Package

Interpreter Information

If you are unable to speak or understand English, bring a friend or someone else to help you. Court interpreters are not provided free of charge unless you are eligible for a fee waiver. If you would like to hire an interpreter for your Small Claims hearing, you may refer to the California Interpreter Program (CIP)