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Small Claims COVID-19 Information

How to Appear in Court

Face-coverings at the Courthouse: Effective Monday, March 7, 2022, the Court is modifying face-covering rules. The Court strongly encourages, but will not require, face-coverings for those who are fully vaccinated in all court facilities. All other unvaccinated persons entering court facilities will continue to be required to wear face-coverings. The Self-Help Center and Law Library will still require face-coverings upon entry regardless of vaccination status.

You may appear in person or through Zoom. If you would like to appear by Zoom you must complete form RA-010 to give notice to the court and other parties of your Zoom appearance.

  • You may access the court's Local Rule 1.4 on remote appearances on the Local Rules page including information on the form you will need to file notifying the court and other parties that you will be appearing remotely.
  • If you intend to appear remotely, you will need to submit your evidence to the court and serve your evidence on the other side before your court date. Make sure to read the Guidelines for Evidence Submission for Non-Criminal Trials and Evidentiary Hearings found on the Local Rules page on when and how to do so. If you need help with this, contact the Small Claims Advisor. 
  • To access Zoom links and other helpful Zoom information please go to our page, Participating Remotely by Zoom.


General Information

Self Help Information Regarding Legal Services and COVID-19

The recent passage of AB 832 extends the dates set in SB 91 and AB 3088 the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act. This prohibits the use of Small Claims to collect COVID-19-related rental debt until November 1, 2021. From November 1, 2021 through September 30, 2025 an action for any amount, even above the usual amount of $10,000,  may be brought in Small Claims to collect COVID-19-related rental debt. The normal monetary limits will not apply to this type of case. For a plain language explanation of some of the impacts of the act see the information provided by Housing Is Key.

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief

 AB 832 extends and expands the State implemented rental assistance program to help income-eligible households pay rent and utilities. Applications made be submitted by both landlords and tenants. Information about how the program works and online applications can be found on the California COVID-19 Rent Relief page. 

For more information or assistance in filing out the applications contact:

If you have questions you can call or email the small claims advisor or small claims clerk.

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