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Small Claims Advisor
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The Small Claims Advisor can help you get ready for Court. The Advisor can help you:

    • Figure out which court to file your claim in
    • File papers in Small Claims Court
    • Serve paper
    • Present and defend a case in court
    • Collect a judgment

If you have a Small Claims question for the Advisor, you may submit it on-line using the form below, and we will contact you by email. This is the most efficient way for you to receive assistance, and you are encouraged to use the on-line method for help with your questions.

If you do not have an email address, you may leave a telephone message for the Small Claims Advisor in English or Spanish, and your call will be returned as time permits during the hours of 2:30 pm through 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. See phone information below the web form.

Our goal is to respond to email and phone messages within 3 business days. However, it may sometimes take longer.

Web contact form:

Please complete and submit the form below, and the Small Claims Advisor will email you. The bold text below indicate fields with required information.

Your name:
Your name is required.

Email address where your response will be sent:

An email address is required
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Confirm your email address:
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Email addresses do not match - please re-enter them
Case number (or enter "none" if you haven't filed yet):
The case number is required, or enter "none" if you have not filed a case yet.
My Small Claims question is about:
Before I start a Small Claims case
How to start a Small Claims case
How to serve legal forms for a Small Claims case
If I'm being sued
Getting information to present at trial for a Small Claims case
Settling or dismissing my Small Claims case
Going to court for a Small Claims case
Small Claims Judgment
Collection issues
Appealing the judgment
I missed the Court date for my Small Claims case - now what?
Issues after the judgment
Please make a selection.

Why you are suing or being sued (tell us briefly, in 1000 characters or less):

Characters left: This information is required.This is a required field.Your reply must be 1000 characters or less.

What is your specific Small Claims question for the Advisor?

Primary Small Claims question:
You must enter at least one question.

Optional additional Small Claims question:

Optional additional Small Claims question:

Note: If you have more questions, you can ask them when the Advisor contacts you by email

Your zip code:

Who referred you to the Small Claims Advisor?
  Other Facilitator
  Small Claims Advisor
  Housing Service
  Mediation Service
  Family Court Services
  Clerk's Office or Other Court Staff
  DV Advocate/Battered Women's Shelter
  Lawyer Referral Service/Private Attorney
  Legal Aid/Legal Services
  Local Child Support Agency
  Other Community-based Organization
Other (specify):   

Your gender:


Contacting the Small Claims Advisor by phone:

If you cannot use the form above for some reason and need to call the Small Claims Advisor, the number is:
(408) 882-2100 (option #2 then #6) 

The phone service has limited hours. The Advisor is only available Monday through Friday from 2:30 - 4 pm. (You can leave a message between 2:30 and 4 pm if your call is not answered "live" by the Small Claims Advisor. Your call will be returned within 5 business days.)

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