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Small Claims Advisor Program

There are no attorneys allowed in Small Claims Court. To help you, the Courts provide free Small Claims Advisors, available to both sides in a dispute. The Small Claims Advisor Program gives legal and procedural information and helps you fill out court forms.

Questions? call the Small Claims Advisor Program

(831) 786-7370

Leave a message any time. When leaving a message, please repeat your phone number slowly 2 times. Calls are returned within 72 hours. It is a good idea to call before coming to see us in person. We may be able to answer your question or give you guidance over the phone.

In-Person Hours in Watsonville

In-person help is provided on a first come, first served basis. Please note that availability may fill up before the end of stated hours of operation. Please call the Small Claims Advisor Program for a phone consultation before you use our in-person service.

Monday through Thursdays
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

What does the small claims advisor program do?

The Small Claims Advisor Program provides legal information, assistance preparing court forms, and procedural advice to self-represented litigants, such as:

  • What to do Before Filing
  • Filing Defendant's Claim
  • Jurisdiction and Venue
  • Requesting a Continuance of the Trial
  • Where to File
  • Mediation Options
  • How to Name a Defendant
  • Paying Judgment in Installments
  • Service of Process
  • How to Collect a Judgment

There is no attorney-client relationship or confidentiality between the public and the Small Claims Advisor Program. The Small Claims Advisor Program remains neutral and is available to all parties in a dispute. The Small Claims Advisor Program is not responsible for the outcome of any case

Contact Information

Office Location:
Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Cruz
1 Second Street, Room 301
Watsonville, CA 95076
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Mailing Address:
Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Cruz
Small Claims Advisor Program
1 Second St. Room 300
Watsonville, CA 95076

Small Claims Advisor Program

(831) 786-7370 

Small Claims Mediation (Conflict Resolution Center)

(831) 475-6117