Quick List of Forms for California Small Claims Court
Updated: Jun 5
Question: "What forms do I need for California Small Claims Court?"
While California has tried to simplify the forms used in Small Claims Court, it can still be complicated choosing which form to use and when to use each form. We have compiled a list of some frequently used forms in California Small Claims Court.
Starting the Lawsuit
I am the one suing:
This form starts the California Small Claims Court lawsuit process.
It is also known as the "complaint" or "claim."
Once you complete this form, you are ready to file your small claims lawsuit.
Once the defendant has been served with Plaintiff’s Claim and Order to Go to Small Claims Court (SC-100), then you need to file proof that the Defendant has been served. This form is called "Proof of Service." Download here.
I have been sued:
Someone sued you, now what?
Once you have served the person who sued you with Defendant’s Claim and Order to Go to Small Claims Court (SC-120), then you need to file proof that you served the person who sued you. This form is called "Proof of Service." Download here.
The lawsuit has been filed. Now what?
Change Trial Date.
Use this form if you need to change your small claims court trial date.
Once you file this form with the Small Claims Court, you need to serve the other party.
Go to court on behalf of a business or individual.
Get witnesses subpoenaed for trial.
Get documents subpoenaed for trial.
End the lawsuit.
For a full list of the forms, check out the California Courts website here. There also may be a court specific form for your local court. Check your local small claims court website to learn more.