Disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively in Small Claims Court, where the rules are simple and informal. Litigants may not be represented by an attorney. Generally claims are limited to $5,000. The jurisdictional limit is $10,000 for individuals who are filing a claim in the Small Claims Division. Corporations, partnerships, governmental entities and other legal entities cannot claim more than $5,000. Individuals may file unlimited claims for up to $2,500 each in a year. However, individuals may only file two claims a year that seek more than $2,500.
In response to the COVID-19 health crises, the court has reduced its operations. All Small Claims Hearings scheduled from March 17, 2020 to May 1,2020, will be continued. There are no Small Claims Hearings being held in Dept. 506 at this time. Continuance notices will be sent in the mail. Please refer to the San Francisco Superior Court’s website home page, for the most current information regarding court operations in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Search for Case Calendars by Case Type and Date. Information is available up to 120 calendar days from today.
The Court's ACCESS Center (self-help) will be closed for the period of Tuesday, March 17, through Wednesday, April 15, 2020. All in-person and telephone services will be suspended during this time.
For more information and ongoing updates, please refer to the court's website at: https://www.sfsuperiorcourt.org/general-info/Information-Regarding-Coronavirus-And-Court-Operations
Case information is available at S.F. Superior Court Online Services. You must have the case number or party name for an inquiry.
See Small Claims Instructions for what you need to file your Small Claims case.
To request a Small Claims Forms by mail, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Small Claims Division, 400 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94102. The Small Claims Packet with envelope weighs 3 ounces.
If you are unable to speak or understand English, bring a friend or someone else to help you. Court interpreters are not provided free of charge unless you are eligible for a fee waiver. If you would like to hire an interpreter for your Small Claims hearing, you may refer to the California Interpreter Program (CIP)