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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Small Claims
Small Claims

Small Claims Court is a special court where individuals, representing themselves, resolve disputes quickly and inexpensively in an informal setting. The person who sues is the plaintiff; the person who is sued is the defendant. In small claims court, you may ask a lawyer for advice before you go to court, but you cannot have a lawyer in court.

You May Not Have To Sue!
Small Claims Mediation Services are available at NO COST to you.

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions.
Small claims video.

Watch this video describing the small claims process and some services that may assist you.

  1. Who can file a claim?
  2. Where can I file a claim?
  3. Does the court provide an interpreter?
  4. Does the court provide a small claims advisor?
  5. What are the rules about designating a defendant?
  6. How does the defendant find out about the lawsuit?
  7. What happens after the trial?
  8. How do I enforce the court's judgment?
  9. How do I recover costs and fees?
10. Calculating the judgment with the Judgment Calculator.
11. Statewide Links and Useful References.

Use the Judgment Calculator to calculate:

  • Daily and to-date accrued interest
  • Interest in between costs after judgment
  • Interest between payments

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