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Now once you have decided you want to file a Plaintiff’s Claim (SC-100) or a Defendant’s Claim (SC-120) you have to fill out the forms and file them with the Court Clerk in the County where you are suing and also pay the filing fee. The Filing fee in Los Angeles County is $30 for a claim up to $1,500, $50 for a claim above $1,500and up to $5,000 and $75 for a claim above $5,000 and up to $10,000. If you are filing your 13th small claim during the calendar year or beyond your 13th, each small claim beyond the initial 12 small claims incurs a court filing fee of $100. Also, the court will only allow you to file 2 small claims for above $2,500 in one calendar year. If you are attempting to file a claim for $5000 and you have already filed 2 other claims for $5000 during this calendar year, your only option for small claims is to cut your claim to under $2500. Other than that, your recourse will be to file a limited civil claim in the civil court rather than use the small claims court. You can also apply to the court for a fee waiver. The small claims court fee waiver is the same as any other fee waiver FW-001. The California Courts Self-Help has a great page on fee waivers. http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp- feewaiver.htm.
- This is a post about the basics of small claims.
- More about small claims filing fees.
- This is a page with links to the most common small claims and enforcement of judgment court forms.
- This is a page about selling your judgment once a judge rules in your favor. Sometimes it becomes undesirable to enforce your own judgment and selling becomes a good option.
- This is a page with outside resources for small claims.
- This is a page with some of the basics about how to enforce your own judgment. There are some Government produced videos.
- This is a link to my FREE 27 page Booklet on How Small Claims and Enforcement of Judgment Both Work in California.