How do I file a small claims in Merced County?
During the office hours above you may contact a Small Claims Advisor directly by calling (209) 725-4188.
How much does it cost to file a small claims case in California?
|Claims for $1,500.00 or less||$30.00|
|Claims from $1,500.01 to $5,000.00||$50.00|
|Claims from $5,000.01 to $10,000.00||$75.00|
|Persons or Business who have filed more than 12 claims in CA in the previous 12 mos.||$100.00|
|Service of Documents by Certified Mail||$15.00 (per defendant) [Fee waiver does not cover]|
What is the minimum amount you can sue for in small claims court in California?
If you are an individual and want to file a lawsuit for $10,000 or less, you have the option of filing a small claims case or a limited civil case. If you are a business, you can file in small claims court for $5,000 or less.
What happens if you lose in small claims court California?
If you lose, you will have to pay the original judgment. You may have to pay more if the judge decides you owe a larger amount. You may be ordered to pay the plaintiff’s court costs such as service and filing fees. Interest will also accrue at 10 percent for each year the judgment is not paid.
Can I file a small claims case online in California?
Most California small claims courts don’t accept lawsuits filed online. This is called electronic filing or e-filing.
How long do you have to take someone to small claims court in California?
If you are suing a government or public agency, you usually have 6 months to file a claim with that agency. They have 45 days to make a decision. If no decision is made with 45 days, then the claim is considered denied. If they reject your claim, you have 6 months to file a claim with a small claims court.
Can you sue for emotional distress in small claims court California?
Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress. In California, victims who suffer emotional distress because of another person’s conduct can file a lawsuit for the intentional infliction of emotional distress. There is no requirement that a victim suffers a physical injury.
What evidence do I need to take someone to small claims court?
You will need to take a witness statement from any witnesses you wish to rely on; Photographs – similar to documents in that in the absence of faud, photos do not lie; Electronic documents e.g. emails or draft documents; Videos – similar to documents and photos, in the absence of fraud, videos do not lie.