Self Help

Small Claims

Small Claims are civil suits for $10,000.00 or less.  Attorneys are generally not allowed in small claims court – you will represent yourself.

Before you go any further, you should visit the California Courts Self-Help Website for an overview on the Small Claims process.

For most Small Claims cases, you will only need to fill out and file form SC-100 to initiate your case.  Please review the information in the link above to confirm this is true of your case.

If your case involves multiple parties, or if you have any remaining questions about how to proceed with your Small Claims case, you should contact the Small Claims Advisor at (661) 868-2532, or via email at selfhelp.webmail@kern.courts.ca.gov.

You may also want to review the Small Claims Binder prepared by the Small Claims Advisor pending your first contact.

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1415 Truxtun Ave, Rm. 301 Bakersfield, CA 93301

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