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MC-410, Request for Accommodations by Persons With Disabilities and Response. (Civil Code, § 54.8.)
Revised January 1, 2012 Plaintiff’s Claim and ORDER
to Go to Small Claims Court
(Small Claims) SC-100, Page 3 of 5 SC-100 Information for the Defendant (the person being sued) “Small claims court” is a special court where claims
for $5,000 or less are decided. A “natural person” (not a
business or public entity) may generally claim up to
$10,000, including a sole proprietor. (*See below for
exceptions.) The process is quick and cheap. The rules are
simple and informal.
You are the Defendant—the person being sued. The
person who is suing you is the Plaintiff.
Do I need a lawyer?
You may talk to a lawyer before or after the case. But you
may not have a lawyer represent you in court (unless this
is an appeal from a small claims case). Do I have options?
Yes. If you are being sued, you can:
• Settle your case before the trial. If you and the
Plaintiff agree on how to settle the case, both of you must
notify the court. Ask the Small Claims Advisor for help.
• Prove this is the wrong court. Send a letter to the
court before your trial, explaining why you think this is
the wrong court. Ask the court to dismiss the claim.
You must serve (give) a copy of your letter (by mail or
in person) to all parties. (Your letter to the court must
say you have done this.)
• Go to the trial and try to win your case. Bring
witnesses, receipts, and any evidence you need to
How do I get ready for court?
prove your case. To make sure the witnesses go to the
You don’t have to file any papers before your trial, unless
trial, fill out Form SC-107, and the clerk will subpoena
you think this is the wrong court for your case. But bring
(order) them to go.
to your trial any witnesses, receipts, and evidence that
• Sue the person who is suing you. File Form
supports your case. And read “Be Prepared for Your
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2014 for the course ENG 1a taught by Professor Ehain during the Fall '11 term at Pasadena City College.
- Fall '11