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Small Claims Help

Legal clinics and other resources referred to here will allow you to discuss your case with someone at the legal clinics and you will be given information about how to handle your case by the person you speak with.  Start here to find out if you have a claim or defense. Advisors and volunteers at the clinics may be able to provide you with information to determine if you have a legal claim. Once it is established that you have a valid legal claim or defense, you can use the other resources to start or reply to a small claims case.


For in person help, you can consult the following:


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law Small Claims Self-Help WorkshopDuring the COVID-19 Pandemic, Small Claims Self-Help Workshops are available online.  The Small Claims Self-Help Workshop provides free limited legal assistance for low to moderate income individuals and businesses with small claims issues. Thomas Jefferson alumni attorneys and law students provide half-hour long consultations to litigants who need assistance when being sued, suing another party, or helping recover money for a small claims judgment. The small claims issues must involve monetary claims for $10,000 or less, and the type of claims the Self-Help Clinic provides assistance with includes, but is not limited to, landlord/tenant, consumer, personal injury, and breach of contract claims. To register for the Small Claims Self-Help Workship please contact Mary Ardagna at (619) 961-4292 or for more information. Workshops occur every other Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Workshop dates are:
Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
September 8, 2020 January 12, 2021 May 11, 2021
September 22, 2020 January 26, 2021 May 25, 2021
October 13, 2020 February 9, 2021 June 8, 2021
October 27, 2020 February 23, 2021 June 22, 2021
November 10, 2020 March 9, 2021 July 13, 2021
November 24, 2020 March 23, 2021
December 8, 2020 April 13, 2021
December 22, 2020 April 27, 2021




  • California Western School of Law offers a Community Law Project which offers walk-in legal advice and referrals at locations in San Diego County. At this clinic California Western Law students work one-on-one with clients and volunteer attorneys in a variety of legal areas, including, but not limited to Small Claims.
  • If you think you may be able to reach an agreement with the other party, the National Conflict Resolution Center may be able to offer free mediation to resolve the dispute without going to court. Call 619-238-2400 for more information.
  • The San Diego Superior Court provides a Small Claims Advisor at no cost. The advisor is available to assist by telephone only with small claims issues and procedures. The Small Claims Advisor phone number is (858) 634-1777, and is available Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  The Small Claims Advisor 24 Hour Recording is (858) 634-1900. Note: The Small Claims Advisor cannot provide any assistance with traffic citations or other case types.
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