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Small Claims General Information

Small Claims is a special court where individuals, representing themselves, resolve disputes quickly and inexpensively in an informal setting. The person who sues is the plaintiff; the person who is sued is the defendant. In small claims court, you may ask a lawyer for advise before you go to court, but you cannot have a lawyer in court.

The defendant must be served by a certain date and the proof of service must be returned to the court clerk by a certain date as follows:

  • If the defendant lives in the county, service must be completed at least 15 days before the trial date. The period is 20 days if the defendant lives outside the county.

  • Proof of service must be filed with the court clerk at least five (5) days prior to the trial.

If these deadlines are not met, the trial may be postponed.

Where to File a Claim

The plaintiff must file the claim in the correct court location or the court may dismiss the case. San Diego Superior Court Rules govern the venue of cases.

The proper court location may be any of the following:

  • The zip code where the defendant lives or the defendant corporation or other entity has its principal place of business.

  • The zip code where the person or personal property was injured or damaged.

  • The zip code where the defendant signed the contract or where the contract was breached.

  • The zip code where the buyer resided at the time of entering into a retail installment account, or contract on motor vehicle finance sale.

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Location

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Phone Number / Hours

Small Claims Advisor

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Small Claims Advisor

Phone Number / Hours

Central

330 W. Broadway

San Diego, CA 92101

(858) 634-1919
8:30a.m. - 3:30p.m.
Monday - Thursday
8:30a.m. - 12:00p.m. Friday

8:30a.m. - 12:00p.m.

1:00p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Thursday
8:30a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Friday

(858) 634-1777

8:30a.m. - 12:00p.m.

1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

North County

325 South Melrose

Vista, CA 92081

(760) 201-8600

Ext. 1510
8:30a.m. - 3:30p.m.
Monday - Thursday
8:30a.m. - 12:00p.m. Friday

8:30a.m. - 1:00p.m. 
2:00p.m. - 4:30p.m.
 Tuesday and Thursday

 

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