Guide to California Small Claims Advisors (All 58 Counties)

Maria Camila Calero - California Small Claims - January 13, 2023

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In California, many courts offer free small claims advisors that can help answer small claims questions. To find a small claims advisor near you, look for your county below. 

In this guide, we break down all 58 California Counties’ small claims advisor programs. 

Alameda

Phone: (510) 272-1393,Monday- Thursday, 2 pm - 4 pm. 

Email: None

LiveChat: Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. 

Website

Alpine

Phone: (530) 545-1535

Email:selfhelp@alpine.courts.ca.gov 

Website

More information: Their program is led by attorney Jennifer Peterson. 

Amador 

Phone: (916) 622-5905, Thursday Only 

Email: amador1smallclaims@gmail.com

Website

More Information: In-person assistance, Wednesdays only Conference Room C. Thursdays only remote small claims assistance via email or telephone only. 

Butte

Phone: (530) 532-7002

Website 

More Information: The program operates under the supervision of an attorney. 

Calaveras

Phone: (209) 754-1443

Website

More Information: Monday through Friday: 8:15 am - 12:15 pm & 1:00 pm -3:00 pm Phones: Monday - Friday: 8:15 am - 3:00 pm

Colusa

Phone: (530) 458-0598

Website

Email: self-help@colusa.courts.ca.gov

Contra Costa

Email: smallclaims@contracosta.courts.ca.gov 

Website

More Information: You will get a response within 2 weeks of your email. If you would like to talk to a lawyer, call the Contra Costa Bar Association at 925-825-5700. They charge a $35.00 administrative fee to schedule a half-hour consultation with an attorney.

Del Norte

Phone:(707) 465-8634

Email: selfhelp@delnorte.courts.ca.gov

Website

More Information: Tuesday-Friday: 8 am -12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 5 pm

El Dorado

Phone: (530) 621-5098

Email: selfhelp@eldoradocourt.org

Website

More Information: Monday -Friday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fresno

Phone: (559) 457-2174

Website

More Information:  Monday-Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Glenn

Phone: (530) 934-7114

Website

More Information:  Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 9:00 am -12:00 pm & 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Humboldt

Phone:(707) 445-7256 ext 1750

Email: court.selfhelp@humboldtcourt.ca.gov

Website

More Information:  Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (closed 12:00 - 12:30 for lunch)

Imperial

Phone: (760) 482-2233

Email: court.selfhelp@humboldtcourt.ca.gov

Website

More Information:  Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (closed 12:00 - 12:30 for lunch)

Inyo

Phone: (760) 872-6240

Email: sharon.remley@inyocourt.ca.gov

Website

More Information: Walk-ins: Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Remote by appointment via zoom on Fridays.

Kern

Phone: (661) 868-2532

Email: n/a

Website

More Information: Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm & Friday: 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Kings

Phone: (559) 852-4430

Email: n/a

Website

More Information: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am -4:00 PM

Lake

Phone: (707) 994-4612

Email: self.help@lake.courts.ca.gov

Website

More Information: Monday-Thursday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm Monday & Wednesday: Walk-In Day Tuesday & Thursday: Appointment Only

Lassen

Phone: (530) 251-8205

Email: n/a

Website

More Information: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Self-help computers and printers have been installed in the Hall of Justice. The computers include interactive programs which assist in the completion of forms.

Los Angeles

Phone: (213) 974-9759

Email: n/a

Website

More Information: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Madera

Phone: (559) 416-5520

Email: facilitator@madera.courts.ca.gov

Website

More Information: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Facilitator Attorney onsite: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Marin 

Phone: (415) 444-7130

Email: selfhelp@marincourt.org

Website

More Information: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 8:30 am - 12 pm; Tuesday & Thursday 1 pm - 3 pm. In-person drop-in services: Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 am to 12 pm. Email services: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Mariposa

Phone: (209) 742-5322

Email: n/a

Website

More Information: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Mendocino

Phone: Ukiah: (707) 468-2020; Fort Bragg: (707) 964-3192

Email: selfhelp@mendocino.courts.ca.gov

Website

More Information: Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 1 pm. Walk-in Assistance Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9:00 am -11:30 & 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm. 

Merced

Phone: (209) 725-4168

Email: smallclaims.advisor@mercedcourt.org

Website

More Information: Monday- Friday:8 am - 12 pm. You can also go in person to the Merced or Los Banos courthouse.

Modoc

Phone: (800) 822-9687

Email: N.A

Website

More Information: Monday-Friday: 8:30 am–12 pm & 1:00–5:00 pm

Mono

Phone: (866) 768-9013

Email: SDRLO@onebox.com

Website

More Information:Scott Reep

Monterey

Phone: (831) 582-3600

Email: selfhelpcenter@monterey.courts.ca.gov

Website

More Information:Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm. By appointment only. 

Napa

Phone: (707) 253-4524

Email: N/A

Website

More Information:Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. 

Nevada

Phone: (530) 362-5328

Email: selfhelpcenter@nccourt.net

Website

More Information:Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm, 

Friday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm (noon)

Orange County

Phone: (714) 571-5277 

Email: smallclaimsworkshop@clsocal.org.

Website

More Information:Monday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm & Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Appointments are required for all in-person assistance and workshops. 

Placer

Phone: N/A 

Email: placersmallclaims@gmail.com

Website

Plumas

Phone: (530) 283-6305

Email: N/A

Website

More Information:Monday- Friday 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Riverside

Phone: Riverside: (951) 274-4499; Indio: (760) 393-2163

Email: smallclaimsadvisory@riverside.courts.ca.gov

Website

More Information:Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Closed last Friday of the month. 

Sacramento

Phone: (916) 875-7846

Email: scudadvisors@saccourt.ca.gov

Website

More Information:Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

San Benito

Phone: (831) 636-4057 x104

Email: self-help@sanbentio.courts.ca.gov

Website

More Information: Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Walk-in hours in Watsonville are available only after phone consultation and are on Monday -Thursday 8:30 am - 11:30 am & 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. 

San Bernardino

Phone: (909) 269-8826

Email: N/A

Website

More Information: Monday - Friday: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. 

San Diego

Phone: (858) 634-1777

Email: N/A

Website

More Information: Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 am - 4:30 pm.

San Francisco

Phone: (415) 551- 0605

Email: N/A

Website

More Information: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 8:00 am - 11:30 am.

San Joaquin

Phone: (209) 473-6463

Email: smallclaims@sjcbar.org

Website

More Information:Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. 

San Luis Obispo

Phone: (805) 781-5856 x3

Email: N/A

Website

More Information: Monday - Friday: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. 

San Mateo

Phone: https://calendly.com/allencapeloto Appointments will become available each Tuesday morning.

Email: N/A

Website

More Information: Wednesday 3 pm - 5 pm. Attorney Allen Capeloto

You can only sign up on Wednesday and only the first 12 people to sign up get a meeting. The consultation is 10 minutes long. 

Santa Barbara

Phone: Santa Barbara: (805) 963-6754; Santa Maria: (805) 922-9909; Lompoc: (805) 736-6582

Email: LRCHelp@lafsbc.org

Website

More Information: Monday -Friday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm-4:00 pm. Santa Maria and Lompoc have services in Spanish. Also has walk-in services. 

Santa Clara

Phone: (408) 882-2929

Email: selfhelp@scscourt.org  

Website

More Information: Tuesday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Email through the website. Also has LiveChat on the website. 

Santa Cruz

Phone: (831) 786-7370

Email: N/A  

Website

More Information: Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 11:30 am & 1 pm - 3 pm (In person). Calls can be returned within 72 hours. Also can go in-person. An informational workshop on the Small Claims process is held on the second Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. The link for the workshop ishttps://santacruzcourt-org.zoomgov.com/j/1618263934

Shasta

Phone: (530) 245-6900

Email: selfhelp@shasta.courts.ca.gov

Website

More Information: Tuesday - Thursday:  8:30 am to 4:00 pm. 

Sierra

Phone: (530) 470-2594 

Email: N/A

Website

More Information: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am -12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Only walk-ins are offered at Downieville: 100 Courthouse Square - Downieville, CA 93230.

Siskiyou

Phone: N/A 

Email: facilitator@siskiyou.courts.ca.gov

Website

More Information: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

Solano

Phone: (707) 863-1643

Email: N/A

Website

More Information: Monday -Thursday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Sonoma

Phone: (707) 521-6534

Email: selfhelp@sonomacourt.org

Website

More Information: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Walk-in Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm & Friday: 9:00 am-12:00 pm. 

Stanislaus 

Phone: (209) 530-3178

Email: SmallClaims.Advisor@Stanct.org

Website

More Information: Monday: 8:00 am -12:00 pm & 1 pm - 4 p.m, Tuesday & Thursday: 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm & Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Sutter

Phone: (530) 822-3305

Email: Help Form

Website

More Information: Monday - Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Person 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. 

Tehama

Phone: (530) 527-8649

Email: N/A

Website

More Information: Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Trinity

Phone: (530) 623-1208

Email: N/A

Website

Tulare

Phone: (559) 737-5500

Email: tcscselfhelpinfo@tulare.courts.ca.gov

Website

More Information: Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm & Friday: 8:30 am - 11:30 am.

Tuolumne

Phone: (209) 532-8399

Email: N/A

Website

Ventura

Phone: (805) 654-5054

Email: N/A

Website

Yolo

Phone: (530) 406-6793

Email: N/A

Website

More Information:Schedule a virtual appointment here

Yuba

Phone: (530) 742-8289

Email: N/A

Website

Author

Maria Camila Calero

Operations Associate @ People Clerk. Passionate about breaking down court processes in simple, easy-to-understand ways.

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