Links and Explanations of the Most Common Forms in Small Claims and Enforcement of Judgment:

This is a list of the most common California Small Claims and Enforcement of Judgment Forms.  All required forms can be found at www.courts.ca.gov/forms.htm or just www.courts.ca.gov under the Forms & Rules tab.  I provide a link below to each form and a brief explanation of when to use each form along with notes when helpful.  It is always recommendable that you go to Google or Yahoo or your favorite Internet Search Engine and search for “name of county in which you intend to file” along with with “local county specific small claims court forms”.  This will reveal whether your County has any County specific forms.

Small Claims, Enforcement of Judgment, Wage Garnishment and Miscellaneous Forms in approximate chronological order of when they will become useful.   

*there are many more forms than these, but these are the most common.  The rest can be found at: http://www.courts.ca.gov/forms.htm

  • SC-100-INFO:  This is a very brief 2 page explanation of how small claims works in CA.
  • SC-100Plaintiff’s Claim and Order to go to Small Claims Court.  Required for all initial Plaintiffs.
  • MC-031: Attached Declaration.  Very versatile form, used in addition to the SC-100 to add a description of any pertinent events, elements of your claim, and also any witness statements.
  • SC-100A Other Plaintiffs or Defendants (Small Claims).  One is required to be filed for each additional two Plaintiffs beyond the initial two.  (ex. 5 plaintiffs requires an SC-100 and two additional SC-100A forms).
  • SC-101Attorney Fee Dispute (After Arbitration) (Attachment to Plaintiff’s Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court).  For suing a former Attorney over a fee dispute.
  • SC-103Fictitious Business Name Statement Form for Small Claims Plaintiff’s who do business in the State of CA under a fictitious business name and wish to file a Small Claims Complaint regarding a business matter.
  • SC-104: Proof of Personal Service (Small Claims)
  • SC-104A: Proof of Mailing (Substituted Service) (Small Claims)
  • SC-104B: What is “Proof of Service” (Small Claims)
  • SC-104CHow to Serve a Business or Public Entity (Small Claims)
  • SC-120:  Defendant’s Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court.  This form is to use if you as a Defendant want to sue the Plaintiff who is suing you.
  • SC-120A:  Other Plaintiffs or Defendants.  This form is attached to Form SC-120.  One SC-120A is required for each 2 Plaintiffs or Defendants beyond the initial 2 for whom there is room on the initial SC-120.
  • SC-107:  SMALL CLAIMS SUBPOENA.  For personal appearance and production of documents and things at trial or hearing and declaration.
  • SC-109Authorization to Appear.  Filed to inform Court that you are authorized to appear on behalf of a Plaintiff or Defendant.
  • SC-200:  Notice of Entry of Judgment.  This form tells you the Court’s Decision (Judgment) in your Small Claims Case.  The date the Clerk hands or mails this form to you sets the deadlines for enforcement and appeals timelines.
  • SC-200-INFO:  What to Do After the Court Decides Your Small Claims Case.  Relatively self-explanatory.  This form gives you the basics of Enforcement of Judgment.
  • SC-135: Notice of Motion to Vacate Judgment and Declaration.  Either party can file within 30 days after the Notice of Entry of Judgment and Declaration (SC-200) is handed to them or mailed to them by the Court Clerk.  If service of process was not completed properly before trial, the Defendant/Judgment Debtor has 180 days to file this form.  If this request (SC-135) is denied, there is only a 10 day window from the receipt of notice of denial is mailed to file an SC-140 to appeal the judgment
  • SC-140:  Notice of Appeal (Small Claims cases are appealed above the SC Court in the Superior Court).
  • EJ-001:  Abstract of Judgment – Civil and Small Claims: This form is filed to put a lien on the Judgment Debtor’s real property.  Once filed at the Courthouse you then have to file the form at the County Recorder’s Office in the County where you wish to place a lien on all property owned by the Judgment Debtor in that County.  You may file in as many Counties as you want.
  • SC-145Request to Pay Judgment to Court.  Instead of paying a Judgment directly to a Creditor a Judgment Debtor can request to pay it to the court.
  • SC-220Request to Make Payments.  You can request that the Court grant you permission to make payments.  The court decides whether to grant your request, not the Judgment Creditor.
  • EJ-165Financial Statement.  Must be filed concurrently along with the Request to Make Payments (SC-220).
  • SC-290Acknowledgement of Satisfaction of Judgment.  File this once you have been paid in the place of an Acknowledgement of Satisfaction of Judgment if no Abstract of Judgment (EJ-001) has not been filed.
  • EJ-100Acknowledgement of Satisfaction of Judgment.  File this once you have been paid if an Abstract of Judgment (EJ-001) has been filed.
  • EJ-190:  Application for and Renewal of Judgment.  Must be done before the Judgment expires.  Judgments in California expire every 10 years.
  • EJ-195:  The Notice of Renewal of Judgment must be personally served on the debtor or served by first-class mail.
  • SC-133:  Judgment Debtor’s Statement of Assets.
  • SC-134APPLICATION AND ORDER TO PRODUCE STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND TO APPEAR FOR EXAMINATION.  You may file this form if a Judgment Debtor does not return the required SC-133.
  • EJ-125:  ORDER TO APPEAR FOR EXAMINATION.  You may file this form if a Judgment Debtor has returned the required SC-133.
  • EJ-130:  Writ of Execution/Possession/Sale.  One of the main Enforcement of Judgment Documents.
  • WG-001:  APPLICATION FOR EARNINGS WITHOLDING ORDER.  File to garnish a Judgment Debtor’s wages.
  • FW-001:  Request to Waive Court Fees (if you can show enough financial hardship)

 

…keep checking back for video instructional links on how to fill out the forms  (it will take me a month or two 10-29-2017)…

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also, if any of my explanations are confusing, take a look at these two LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs links to explanations of the most common forms: