Small Claims

Forms

Forms that are Information Sheets about a Small Claims Case:

  • Information for the Small Claims Plaintiff (Form SC-100-INFO)
  • How to Serve a Business or Public Entity (Small Claims) (Form SC-104C)
  • What is "Proof of Service"? (Small Claims) (Form SC-104B)
  • What to do After the Court Decides your Small Claims Case (Form SC-200-INFO)
  • Exemptions from the Enforcement of Judgments (Form EJ-155)
  • Payments in Small Claims Cases (Form SC-220-INFO)

Get a list of all state-wide Small Claims forms.

Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the file, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Small Claims Advisor or a lawyer.

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Forms to Start a Small Claims Case in Court:

  • Plaintiff's Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court (Form SC-100)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Other Plaintiffs or Defendants (Small Claims) (Form SC-100A)
  • Defendant's Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court (Form SC-120)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Other Plaintiffs or Defendants (Small Claims) (Form SC-120A)
  • Proof of Service (SC-104)
  • Proof of Mailing (Substituted Service) (SC-104A)

You may also need to fill out other forms:

Parents filing a case for their child must also fill out an:

  • Application and Order for Guardian ad Litem (Form CIV-010)

An attorney or client in a fee dispute must fill out an:

  • Attorney Fee Dispute (Form SC-101)

Businesses must fill out a:

  • Fictitious Business Name (/Form SC-103)

And, where there is a special relationship, or a corporation, LLC or parthership is involved, a person wanting to appear in court for either the plaintiff or defendant must ask the court to allow them to do so by filling out an:

  • Authorization to Appear on Behalf of Party (Form SC-109)

Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the file, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Small Claims Advisor or a lawyer.

Find low-cost legal aid.

Find local court forms you may need, by going to your county's court website.

Forms for Use During a Small Claims Case:

  • Request for Court Order and Answer (Small Claims) (Form SC-105)
  • Order on Request for Court Order (Small Claims) (Form SC-105A)
  • Attached Declaration (Form MC-031)
  • Small Claims Subpoena (for people or documents) (Form SC-107)
  • Request to Postpone Trial (Small Claims) (Form SC-150)
  • Order on Request to Postpone Trial (Small Claims) (Form SC-152)
  • Request to Amend Claim Before Hearing (Small Claims) (Form SC-114)
  • Request for Dismissal (Form CIV-110)
  • Notice of Entry of Dismissal and Proof of Service (Form CIV-120)

Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the file, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Small Claims Advisor or a lawyer.

Find low-cost legal aid.

Find local court forms you may need at your county's court website.

Forms for the Judgment and After a Small Claims Case:

  • Notice of Entry of Judgment (Small Claims) (Form SC-200)
  • Acknowledgment of Satisfaction of Judgment (Form SC-290)
  • Abstract of Judgment - Civil and Small Claims (Form EJ-001)
  • Request to Correct or Cancel Judgment and Answer (Small Claims) (Form SC-108)
  • Order on Request to Correct or Cancel Judgment (Small Claims) (Form SC-108A)
  • Notice of Motion to Vacate Judgment and Declaration (Small Claims) (Form SC-135)
  • Request to Pay Judgment to Court (Small Claims) (Form SC-145)
  • Decision on Attorney-Client Fee Dispute (Small Claims) (Form SC-202A)
  • Request to Make Payments (Small Claims) (Form SC-220)
  • Response to Request to Make Payments (Small Claims) (Form SC-221)
  • Order on Request to Make Payments (Small Claims) (Form SC-222)
  • Financial Statement (Wage Garnishment - Enforcement of Judgment) (Form WG-007/EJ-165)
  • Notice of Appeal (Small Claims) (Form SC-140)
  • Application for and Renewal of Judgment (Form EJ-190)
  • Notice of Renewal of Judgment (Form EJ-195)

Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the file, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms.

Forms for Collecting the Judgment:

  • Acknowledgment of Satisfaction of Judgment (Form EJ-100)
  • Abstract of Judgment - Civil and Small Claims (Form EJ-001)
  • Order to Produce Statement of Assets and to Appear for Examination (Small Claims) (Form SC-134)
  • Application and Order for Appearance and Examination (Form AT-138, EJ-125)
  • Writ of Execution (Form EJ-130)
  • Notice of Levy (Enforcement of Judgment) (Form EJ-150)
  • Memorandum of Garnishee (Attachment - Enforcement of Judgment) (Form EJ-152)
  • Notice of Opposition to Claim Exemption (Enforcement of Judgment) (Form EJ-170)
  • Notice of Hearing on Claim of Exemption (Wage Garnishment - Enforcement of Judgment) (Form WG-010/EJ-175)
  • Notice of Lien (Attachment - Enforcement of Judgment) (Form AT-180, EJ-185)
  • Notice of Judgment Lien (California Secretary of State) (Form JL-1)
  • Notice of Judgment Lien Release or Subordination (California Secretary of State) (Form JL-3)
  • Notice of Unsatisfied Judgment of $750 or Less (California Department of Motor Vehicles) (Form DL-17)
  • Certificate of Facts RE Unsatisfied Judgment (California Department of Motor Vehicles) (Form DL-30)

Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the file, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Small Claims Advisor or a lawyer.

Find low-cost legal aid.

Find local court forms you may need at your county's court website.

Forms for Paying the Judgment in a Small Claims Case:

  • Judgment Debtor's Statement of Assets (Form SC-133)
  • Exemptions from the Enforcement of Judgments (Form EJ-155)
  • Claim of Exemption (Enforcement of Judgment) (Not for Wage Garnishment) (Form EJ-160)
  • Claim of Exemption (Wage Garnishment) (Form WG-006)
  • Financial Statement (Wage Garnishment - Enforcement of Judgment) (Form WG-007/EJ-165)
  • Acknowledgment of Satisfaction of Judgment (Form EJ-100)

The judge cannot hear your court case until you have filed your court forms properly. The judge has to be sure that everyone involved in the court case has information about what the other people have filed before he or she can let the case move forward.

To prove to the court that copies of the documents were given to everyone, "Proof of Service" forms are to be filled out and filed with the court.

REMEMBER: YOU CANNOT SERVE YOUR COURT FORMS YOURSELF.

Someone over 18 (for example a friend, relative, or a professional process server) who is not involved in the case in any way must serve the court forms for you.

The person who serves the documents has to complete one Proof of Service form for each person served and return it to you for filing with the court.

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NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Small Claims Advisor or a lawyer.

Find low-cost legal aid.

Find local court forms you may need at your county's court website.

Forms for Proof of Service in a Small Claims Case:

  • Proof of Service (Small Claims) (Form SC-104)
  • Proof of Mailing (Substituted Service) (Small Claims) (Form SC-104A)
  • Proof of Service by Mail (Small Claims) (Form SC-112A)
  • Proof of Personal Service - Civil (Form POS-020)
  • Proof of Service by First Class Mail - Civil (Form POS-030)
  • Proof of Service - Civil (Form POS-040)

Information Sheet about Proof of Service:

  • What is "Proof of Service"? (Small Claims) (Form SC-104B)

In most cases, you have to pay a fee to file papers with the court. The fees are a little different in each county. Usually counties have their fee schedules posted on their court's web site.

For some people who do not earn enough money, the court will say that they do not have to pay the fees. This is called a "fee waiver." To find out if you qualify for a fee waiver, read:

  • Information Sheet on Waiver of Court Fees and Costs (Form FW-001-INFO)

If you are not sure which form to use, talk with your Small Claims Advisor or a lawyer.

Find local court forms you may need at your county's court website.

Forms that Ask the Court for Fee Waivers:

  • Request to Waive Court Fees (Form FW-001)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Request to Waive Additional Court Fees (Form FW-002)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Order on Court Fee Waiver (Form FW-003)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice: Waiver of Court Fees (Form FW-005)
  • Request for Hearing About Court Fee Waiver Order (Form FW-006)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice on Hearing About Court Fees (Form FW-007)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Order on Court Fee Waiver After Hearing (Form FW-008)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice to Court of Improved Financial Situation or Settlement (Form FW-010)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice to Appear for Reconsideration of Fee Waiver (Form FW-011)
  • Order on Court Fee Waiver After Reconsideration Hearing (Form FW-012)
    See the instructions for this form.

To learn more about fee waivers – who can get them, how long they last, and other important information -- please read:

MORE ABOUT COURT FORMS:

  • Request for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities and Response (Form MC-410)
    See the instructions for this form.