The maximum amount an individual can sue for in Small Claims Court in California is $10,000.
For businesses, the limit is $5,000.
If you file multiple cases in a calendar year, only two of them can be for more than $2,500.
Is it worth it to take someone to small claims court?
When to bring your case to small claims court. If your dispute is for slightly more than the limit, it may still be worth it to file a small claims suit. You won’t be able to sue for the full amount, but you’ll avoid the expense of a regular lawsuit. The small claims filing fee varies from state to state.
How much does it cost to file a small claims court?
The cost to file a claim in Small Claims Court is $75. To file a defence costs $40. If you use a lawyer or paralegal and you win, the fee will vary up to $2,500 but if you do win, you can ask the judge for part of your costs, up to 15 per cent of the actual claim.
How do you take someone to small claims court?
Small Claims and Litigation
- Try to settle the dispute outside of court.
- Contact the county clerk in the small claims court district closest to the residence or business of the person you are suing.
- Fill out a complaint form, otherwise known as a “Statement of Claim” at the clerk’s office, and pay the filing fee.
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