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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 the 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

Small Claims Workshop

An informational workshop on the Small Claims process is held every other month at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. The link for the workshop is   Pre-registration is not required. The dates for 2023 are  1/12, 3/9, 5/11, 7/11, 9/12, and 11/14.  The workshop will be presented in English. If you need Small Claims assistance in another language, please contact us by phone or email. 

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

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 

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